How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?
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How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? (How Do Dinosaurs...?)

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Jane Yolen runs through the gamut of mealtime bad behaviour, satisfyingly concluding with impeccably behaved dinosaur guests.
Published January 1st 2006 by HarperCollins Children's Books (first published September 2005)
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Basic Plot: While we may assume dinosaurs are messy, picky, impolite eaters, in reality they are very polite and open to trying new things. Really.

This is a very quick rhymer to read. The art is really good, especially in the pictures where the dinos are misbehaving. The looks on the parents' faces are pretty well priceless. I also like how the names of the specific dino types are embedded within the pictures. It's subtle and works well for parents like me, who don't necessarily know all the nam...more
Samantha Sheeran
How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food by Jane Yolen and Mark Teaque goes through all the sceniros about how dinosaurs could eat their food rudely. After this is done, it demonstrates how dinosaurs really eat their food; politely.

I really enjoyed this book and thought it could teach a very good lesson to children. The authors were smart by chosing dinosaurs becasue dinosaurs are soemthing that children love and are interested in. The book is rhymes, which is very good for holding children's attention....more
Rory Scott Douglas
As part of the "How Do Dinosaurs..." series, Yolen and Teague collaborate to bring us another role model book wrapped up in a simple digestible format. Mark Teague's illustrations are engaging and have a nonsensical edge that allows a time-old message to be reiterated in a enjoyable way.

The book, written in a series of rhyming questions, follows a series of common child-like reactions to food and highlights how silly they seem. At the same time it asks children to really think about the consequ...more
How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? blends a child's curiosity and interest in dinosaurs and the parental desire to teach table manners. The story starts out showing colourful illustrations of various types of dinosaurs as they are in the act of eating in ill-mannered ways. The caption below asks if the dinosaur ate this way. For instance, "does he bubble his milk?" At the end of the story, the child gets an answer that dinosaurs always ate with the best of manners.

Though definitely not realistic...more
Jul 11, 2013 Rhaynes5 added it
Shelves: just-for-fun
How do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food is just a god funny book that the children love to read! They think it's funny and they love to see the different dinosaurs fumble over themselves in each illustration. I would use this book in the classroom to connect to the real world for children. Children love dinosaurs so if I were to do a unit on dinosaurs I would definitely include this book not to teach any facts about dinosaurs but may be to put inside one of my learning centers to support the theme as we...more
MOMMY: We've already read How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight and both loved it. As the second we've read in the series, I'll be searching for the rest soon. These are the best kind of manners books, in that they are teaching without directly telling which is just the kind of positive manipulation my 3 yr old needs ;)

PEANUT: He asked to read this 3 times the day we got it and referred to it during mealtime! He's 3 1/2 but it'll appeal to kids of all ages. We've read it every day since we picked it up...more
Camilla Schulte
Kids love dinosaurs :)
Stephen Escalera
I have a four-year old son and as most parents of a child that age can sympathize with, getting him to eat his food, especially the food he doesn't like, let alone the food he DOES like, can be a hard task. In fact, it just might often feel like battling a dinosaur. Jane Yolen and Mark Teague must have had this eternal battle in mind when they added this book to their series of How Do Dinosaurs do things.

How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? teaches good table manners by first listing things that sho...more
Brigid Keely
"How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food" by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague is part of the "How Do Dinosaurs..." picture book series. In them, the dino kids do various things like eat their food, go to bed, play with their cats/dogs/friends, tell jokes, etc.

There isn't too much text, which can be a plus with a book that enters the re-read constantly pile. What text there is, is clear and rhymes in a way that isn't overly twee. It's a little bit proscriptive, but opens the way to conversations about what is/...more
Summary: Describes how a dinosaur eats, with no rude noises and while sitting very still.

A great read for preschoolers. This is one of J's favorites right now (almost 4 years old). The illustrations make one laugh as we see a big dinosaur sitting at a table trying to eat some food (with mom or dad close by). Text and pictures first show the dinosaur doing things he is not supposed to be doing while eating (pretty funny!) and then half way through the text show what they are supposed to be doing....more
1. Rhyming

2. This is a funny story about manners. The author uses dinosaurs, instead of people, to display the do's and dont's when eating food.

3. A. I want to comment on the lightheartedness of this book. Manners are an important topic with children, but the author and illustrator did a wonderful job making bad manners look "silly". The rhyming makes the story an easy listen, and the illustrations are comical. The dinosaurs are labeled on each page, and children may find that entertaining as w...more
Gina Diloreto
Yolen, Jane and Teague, Mark. (2005). How do dinosaurs eat their food?. New York: Scholastic.

I love this book and so do my children, ages 5 and 7. This is a book that they know most of the words to, because we read it so often. The book is very interactive. The first half of the book asks questions (which my kids love to answer with a vehement 'NO'), such as, "How does a dinosaur eat all his food? Does he burp, does he belch, does he make noises quite rude?". The second half of the book answers...more
Vicki Nemeth
The dinosaurs are beautifully illustrated, but it seems like Teague went out of his way to make the humans look boring. I don't see why you would try to make humans look boring when they are already next to dinosaurs.

As for Jane Yolen's poem, it doesn't seem suited for a picture book. It was, of course, broken up line for line into several pages, which disturbs its rhythmic flow. Putting a few lines on a page would have worked better. Or, this poem might be better on one page as part of a bigger...more
Drew Graham
Dinosaurs are notoriously messy eaters, but that doesn't mean they have to be.

This wasn't my favorite in the How Do Dinosaurs series. It still had some lively illustrations (and some bizarre dinos), but the dinosaurs were quite rude. I know that's the point, but for some reason when it comes to eating and table manners it comes across more as creative ideas for imitation than what not to do. Still, it was a fun and colorful entry in the lineup.
This book was fun! I liked the rhyming and illustrations, they really worked well with this story. The subject of manners is very important for children to learn, and I think that using this as a resource would work very well. Since children normally like dinosaurs A LOT the story like would engage them. The front and back panels were informative as well. For those students that have become interested in learning about dinos they can learn and share the dinosaurs using the insides of the cover....more
My five-year-old son picked this book out from the library last week. My five-year-old son, not surprisingly, loves dinosaurs.

The entire series of dinosaur books by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Mark Teague are absolutely wonderful. It doesn't take much of a stretch of the imagination for a young child to see themselves in the dinosaurs, but, because they are dinosaurs, they are so much funnier when they misbehave. And even when they behave. The dinosaurs in this particular book exhibited some...more
As a subscriber to Jane Yolen's poem a day email list, I pledged to buy or borrow one of her books from a library each month. This month I bought one of her many children's books - this one! This is a series of books - "How Do Dinosaur's..." and if they all are as cute as this one, I might have to buy more. My 3 yr. old son loved it. On the second reading he even answered enthusiastically to all the questions in the book like "Does he pick at his cereal,/throw down his cup,/hoping to make someon...more
This book is a type of book I would consider to be a children's classical reading book for grade(s) 3-4. There are some big words the author uses, but it would be a good book to read to a classroom. The author was very comical in how you teach children how to properly sit and eat at a family dinner table.
Destiny Dawn Long
I did't enjoy this installment of the "How Do Dinosaurs..." series as I did "How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms?" I'm not certain, but I feel like the first half of this book (The question inquiring about bad behavior) is significantly longer than the latter half (the positive examples of how dinosaurs practice good manners). It felt a little lopsided to me each time I read it to my daughter.

It's still a fun book, though. I borrowed it partly because my daughter has been struggling with table m...more
Katie Williams
A silly story about how dinosaurs might eat at the dinner table and how they should eat at the dinner table. The book also provides different scientific names for each dinosaurs in the story. I might use this book if my students were having a hard time at lunch knowing how to properly manage their time and eat their food. Especially if they talk too much, too loudly and tend to get out of their seats a lot. My first grades had a hard time at this. The class could make a Dino Dining poster where...more
Sarah Sammis
Mark Teague's illustrations are reminiscent of 1930s and 1940s commercial art (think Saturday Evening Post) giving the book a wonderful visual authority and playfulness. Here are dinosaurs acting like preschoolers while their baffled and horrified human parents try their best to raise polite dinosaurs.

My favorite page has a dinosaur who glares at his food refusing to eat what is on his plate. It reminds me so much of Sean at his most stubborn. He and I have gone head to head over what and how mu...more
Audience: Preschool ages 2-4
Personal Appeal: humorous and fun illustrations
Story Prep: Several funny questions, children may want to answer becasue they know the dinosaurs are not behaving the way they should. One page has a question in all caps and bold. Interactive.
Illustrations: Each page shows a differnt dinosaur and has the latin name written on part of the page. The illustrations are important because they enhance the humor, show a detailed picture of each type of dinosaur, and demostrate...more
Many giggles from my 6 year old. We look for all of the dinosaur book from Jane Yolen every time we go to the library. The illustrations are wonderful.
Fun little story. I liked searching for the dinosaur name on the page. I didn't care for the accompanying CD, but reading it aloud to my kids myself was fun.
Fun rhyming book that is very light-hearted in its goal- to teach good table manners.:)

Unfortunately, as I am teaching classrooms full of EAL learners, I chose the wrong book for my intention (which was just to have a fun storytelling session in English). The children were absorbed by the nice dinosaur drawings, were able to answer my questions relating to what they saw in the pictures and the parents feelings about what was happening, but they didn't really get the gist of the story without me...more
The juxtaposition of the dinosaurs in a human environment with human parents is just genius. This is a book I never get tired of reading, because the illustrations just crack me up. My toddler adores it also, and of course it is a great teaching tool.

I love that the dinosaurs used are actual dinosaurs, and an effort is made to include many different species and to label them. My son loves the details in the illustrations- he loves looking for the dogs, cats, etc. that are sprinkled throughout t...more
Sarah Smirh
Amzing, fun and educational. My 22 pre-k kids LOVED this book and it helped with lunch time manners.
Shelby Moser
Again this is from the How do Dinosaurs series. This particular book is also interactive and asks children how to eat at the table, using a dinosaur for the examples. The theme of the book can be best described as teaching manners. The dinosaur goes through both inappropriate behaviors that one might see at a table and clearly states that the dinosaur would not do that inappropriate act. But there also appropriate behaviors hat the dinosaur does and the kids would find that it what they are to d...more
Fun book to use to teach manners for eating at the dinner table.
Meghan Hunt
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Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachuset...more
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