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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.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by HarperCollins Children's Books (first published September 2005)
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Mar 27, 2012 Kat rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, picture-books
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
Samantha Sheeran
Feb 09, 2012 Samantha Sheeran rated it really liked it
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.
Rory Scott Douglas
Dec 04, 2013 Rory Scott Douglas rated it really liked it
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
Mar 27, 2008 Tami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Logan Williams
Feb 26, 2015 Logan Williams rated it liked it
Personal Reaction:
For someone who is intrigued with learning about dinosaurs, I thought this was a fun and entertaining read. The illustrations were very well done and looked quite realistic. The drawings also gave the reader an idea of what each type of dinosaur looked like. While the book was quite short and simple, it was humorous and I believe it would maintain a child's attention.

This would be a great poetry book to read to a class that ranges from Kindergarten through 1st grade. Th
Apr 24, 2014 Peanut rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 06, 2013 Camilla rated it really liked it
Kids love dinosaurs :)
Maddie Watson
Oct 29, 2014 Maddie Watson rated it liked it
"How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?" by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Mark Teague is a short storybook demonstrating good and bad behavior portrayed by various dinosaurs. "How does a dinosaur eat all his food? Does he burp, does he belch, or make noises quite rude?" The first half of the book gives various examples of bad table manners and then the second half of the book it shows readers that actually dinosaurs have very good table manners.

This is a great book with a great purpose. Kids don't alw
Stephen Escalera
Dec 21, 2010 Stephen Escalera rated it it was amazing
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
Brigid Keely
Mar 22, 2013 Brigid Keely rated it really liked it
"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/
Jul 15, 2012 Renee rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 19, 2011 Katelyn rated it really liked it
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
Gina Diloreto
Mar 01, 2014 Gina Diloreto rated it it was amazing
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
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
Apr 08, 2011 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
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
Oct 25, 2015 Ang rated it liked it
Preschool Storytime: Food/Dinosaurs/Manners theme

This is a great book for Preschool Storytime.It's not too long and the illustrations are fun enough for the kids to enjoy but not so whimsical that they can't understand what's going on in the picture (it's relate-able). The text is easy to read and is evenly spread out among the pages and they somewhat rhyme as well.
Blanca Tello
Apr 07, 2016 Blanca Tello rated it really liked it
Manners is a very important topic to be taught to young children, and this book is perfect to read when on this topic. The illustrations are so much alike to real life images even though they are cartoons, and help children connect to real life events. Also is very imformative for children so that they know how to act and when to act that way and also what to say.
Jan 12, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
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
Jun 11, 2013 Diane rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, childrens-ya
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
Sep 02, 2014 Jenna rated it it was amazing
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.
Marela Carmenaty
Mar 09, 2016 Marela Carmenaty rated it really liked it
The book teaches children manners on what to do and what not to do when eating. It helps children learn the right meal time manners from wrong. The illustrations are well patterned and has neutral/warm colors. It has a rhyme scheme and rhetorical questions.
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
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
Kaelyn Wickline
a great book about manners and how you should act in public or about how you should correctly eat at a table. its colorful pictures and the way it makes situations funny for kids will keep the attention through the whole book.
Dec 15, 2015 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books, dinosaurs
My daughter and I love these books. She loves the pictures of the dinosaurs doing normal human things. The story line is really cute. What I like is that the book poses a bunch of questions of whether the dinos do things that would be considered misbehaving. Then the second half to last third of the book, it says "No, they..." and describes the sweet way the follow rules and behave well.

I have read 4 or 5 different books in this series and have really enjoyed them all. Would love to own more of
Dec 13, 2014 Dana rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
This is a very quick rhymer to read. The pictures in this book are really good, especially in the pictures where the dinos are misbehaving.

This book makes the children laugh, they think it's funny and they love to see the different dinosaurs fumble over themselves in each illustration. The dinosaur has rude and silly eating habits( dinosaur squeeze's his spaghetti through his big toes.) After this, it demonstrates how the dinosaur can eat his food nicely and politely. Most children liked when th
Apr 06, 2016 Young rated it really liked it
This book brings insight into the bad manners during mealtime with the use of dinosaurs. As the dinosaurs eat, they do rude things that would be unacceptable to parents. This book helps children to learn what to not do as they eat.
Jun 15, 2016 Lydia rated it it was amazing
Lydia LOVES this book. We can pretty much recite it by memory. She loves the dinosaurs and the pictures. She laughs when we say the phrases over dinner. We read this book at least once a week.
Susan Eubank
May 31, 2016 Susan Eubank rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
The hilarious, well illustrated book that was a great introduction icebreaker for the Bookworms storytime about "what dinosaurs eat". The dinosaurs were identified on the inside of the cover.
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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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