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How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? - Audio Library Edition (How Do Dinosaurs...?)

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With more than 7 million copies sold, everybody's favorite bestselling dinosaurs are back to say: "I love you," in a VERY big way!

NARRATOR: Jane Yolen
FORMAT: 1 CD, Unabridged

Parents and children can never have enough ways to say "I love you"--and now, America's favorite dinosaurs are giving families a funny audiobook, perfect for bedtime, storytime, anytime. Even when litt
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Published January 1st 1948 by Scholastic Audio Books
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Kat
Apr 30, 2012 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, picture-books
Basic plot: Little dinosaurs show their parents how much they love them in many ways.

It's fun being a parent of a little monster, but it can also be frustrating at times. The little ones often do things that are frustrating, but then turn around and do something completely sweet that makes any parent with a heart melt utterly. This book pays tribute to those moments.

The art continues to be quality, with fantastic color and detail. The question/answer format of the series has changed here slightl
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Julia
First of all looking at the dinosaur characters that were included on the front and back pages reminds me that I am old when I really am not. Out of all the dinosaur information that I had when I was younger there is only one that is being used that I recognize while all the others are rather newish while I still have questions whether that bird-one is a dinosaur or not.

Anyway this was my first dinosaur book by Jane Yolen so I had no idea what to think when I picked up the book. Yes supposedly
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I was really bothered by this one. I know that the message is two-fold: here is the right way to show that you love someone (words, hugs, and kisses) and parents will love you no matter what you do. But I can see a kid getting the idea from this that you can get away with all kinds of naughty things as long as you turn around and tell your parents that you love them, or give them hugs and kisses afterwards. Perhaps this should be read to children accompanied by discussion?
Stephanie  Weatherly
My almost two year old loves this series of books! This one is not his favorite, but had a great message for a young learner. The dinosaur makes a few mistakes, but knows, that his family will always love and support him. All of the pictures in the front of the different dinosaurs make my son laugh.
Laura McLoughlin
My 5 year selected this as her prize for finishing the winter reading program at our local library.

Cute book reinforcing that parents will love their children no matter if they misbehave from time to time.

I would appreciate a pronunciation guide for the dinosaur names.
Rainey
Mar 09, 2017 Rainey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yolen's Dino books are great!
Shawn
Mar 05, 2017 Shawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
A very cute book about raising a dinosaur.
Vanessa
I don't usually review my kids books, but this is one that speaks to me. And has since the first time we picked it up in probably last February or March. My kids love this book, well they love the Dinosaurs, while I love the reminder of what parenthood is about. Heck on particularly hard days I will pick this book up after my kids have gone to bed, just as a reminder.

"You woke in the morning in such a bad mood...then sat at the table and fussed with your food.' (This is every day with my oldest
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The Badger
Sep 07, 2016 The Badger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love these dinosaur books. When I have "book-dates" with younger students for good behavior, I may possibly maybe sort of kind of lead them towards either the dinosaur books or the Skippy John Jones books.
Becky
Nov 30, 2009 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I chuckled all the way through...
Felicia Moore
read this book to baby girl
Suzanne Kunz Williams
Children don't always behave pleasantly, yet we always love them. This book illustrates that point. That you don't have to be perfect to be loved.

**Talking points - Who do you love? What do they do that you like? What do they do that you don't like? Do you have to like everything a person does in order to love them?
Casandria
More about moods and how we show them than about actually saying I love you. It works really well and I bet preschoolers would love it!
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Jessica
Feb 13, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? is the ninth book in the VERY popular "How Do Dinosaurs..." series (How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?, How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?, How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?), and as any adult who has read the series can tell you, they are a thinly veiled metaphor for toddlers. Actually, a friend of mine recently sent me an article about toddlers and their ever-changing moods, which is very much a aligned with this book. It features dinosaurs acting up ("you woke in th ...more
Karen
Jul 24, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you know anything about Jane Yolen's fantastic books for young adults, you might be surprised to see her name behind the wildly successful Dinosaur books for toddlers. Then again, maybe you wouldn't be. A well-written book is a well-written book, and Jane Yolen is a master at her craft.

Originally, I bought this book for my son because it appeared on the list of 100 Picture Books put out by the South Carolina State Library. I am familiar with most of the books on the list, having been a child
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Ms. Jeane
Not really my favorite of these dinosaur books, I actually think that this was made more for the parents rather than the children if you ask me.
Kristen
Nov 19, 2015 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books, dinosaurs
As I've said in my other reviews, this series is one of my favorites.

This book though is in a different style. Usually questions are posed about the dino's bad behaviors (i.e. "Do dinosaurs throw a tantrum when it's time to go to bed?"), and then the second half of the book has answers with good behaviors (i.e. "No, Dinosaurs tuck themselves in and say goodnight").

But this book was different in that it had statements. It would be a statement with unloving bad behaviors followed up with a "but" a
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jacky
I was a little let down by this one. I had read How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and really enjoyed it. I expected this one to be more cutesy about how little kids say I love you. But instead, I felt this book was more for adults. It showed all the things that toddlers do that make parents annoyed and then didn't focus much on the cute I love yous. I remember the previous book was fun because it showed the naughty bed time behavior, but did it in a parody kind of way. It was sharing with toddlers ...more
Katieb (MundieMoms)
I think this is one of my favorite Dinosaurs books, outside of the How Does A Dinosaur Go To Bed. It's a book my kids and I both loved reading and when I pulled it out of the box last week my kids wanted me to read it right away.
The story is a good way to remind our children that even when they're naughty, we still love them.
These little dinosaurs act naughty, and even when they do that, they're parents still remind them that they love them. I found myself laughing out loud to some of the thin
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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
I think this is one of my favorite Dinosaurs books, outside of the How Does A Dinosaur Go To Bed. It's a book my kids and I both loved reading and when I pulled it out of the box last week my kids wanted me to read it right away.
The story is a good way to remind our children that even when they're naughty, we still love them.
These little dinosaurs act naughty, and even when they do that, they're parents still remind them that they love them. I found myself laughing out loud to some of the thin
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Eva Leger
Oct 09, 2010 Eva Leger rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: julias-books
Julia and I both fell in love with jane Yolen AND Mark Teague when we read How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight. Goodnight is one of the best childrens books I've ever read and it was especially captivating for us because we had a small cartoon on one of our channels that put the book in motion. We had no idea it was even a book for months because I would fast forward to the actual cartoon. As soon as I found it was was taken from a book I had to have it. And we both loved it and still read it to this ...more
Drew Graham
May 13, 2014 Drew Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
Little dinosaurs are sometimes naughty, but they are also often quite sweet. Dinosaurs know just how to let their parents know they love them.

This was a sweet selection in this series. It had more of the same, things that naughty dinosaurs do and the preferable things that good dinosaurs do, but it didn't wait until the last half to point out the good things. It pointed out some naughty things, then immediately turned around and said what good dinosaurs do, and for that reason I think it stands
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Christine Mccurley
Sep 08, 2014 Christine Mccurley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Yolen, J. &Teague, M. (2009). How do dinosaurs say I love you? New York: Scholastic, The Blue Sky Press.
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Who does not love dinosaurs? The dinosaurs in this picture book are given human-like qualities and go through the day like any child would. This is a simple read perfect for any prek-2nd grade student. If wanting to read to your child something sweet at night, then this is a great choice for you. In the classroom, I think this would be a perfect book for a v
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Erin Walker
Jun 26, 2012 Erin Walker rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edsl-520
How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? by: Jane Yolen (2009)
-Participation Book

This picture book is written in a simple way that makes it easy for kids to jump in after the first reading. The dinosaurs in the book do things that typical children do to get in trouble or cause mischief. The parents may get mad at the behaviors but acknowledge the love given through hugs, kisses, and I love yous.

Themes: Childhood, Forgiveness

Teaching Options: This would be a great book for very young readers because the
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babyhippoface
Yolen & Teague's dinosaurs are back, this time displaying appropriate and inappropriate behaviors while interacting with their parents. They wake up grumpy, flood the house while playing in the sink, make a mess at the table, and more, but they also help clean up, blow kisses, and hold Mom's hand in the grocery store. Each verse ends with a parental reminder of their unconditional love for their offspring, making this both funny and comforting for young children. Through the colorful, cartoo ...more
Vivian
Feb 16, 2011 Vivian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Valentine's is about Saying, I LOVE YOU.
I wonder, how do dinosaurs say "I love you"?

Both story performers held up a copy of this very large format picture book. One performer read the books dedication by the author and the other read the illustrator's dedication. It's nice to show children that books are made BY people FOR people. Again, the performers switched off reading pages...

Voice one: You woke in the morning is such a bad mood...
Voice two: then sat at the table and fussed with your food.
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Ariel Cummins
I will never not love a "How Do Dinosaurs..." book. This one is full of dinosaurs being, well, dinosaurs, and driving their human parents mad. But then they show that they love their parents by smiling, or hugging, or holding their hands, and their parents remember how much they will always love their dinosaurs.

The art you've come to expect in the Dinosaur books - surprisingly realistic with dinosaurs in everyday situations. Great parental expressions in this one!

Fun book to read aloud on Valent
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Jennifer
I feel like the dinosaur represent young children because young children often love dinosaurs and can be a little rough. The book shows the parents saying I love you when the dinosaur does something apologetic. We could talk about how the parents feel and if the students ever did something like the dinosaurs did. I like how they named each dinosaur.

Interest Level
Grade PreK
Reading Level
Grade level Equivalent: 2.1
Lexile® Measure: AD520L
DRA: 16
Guided Reading: J
Type of Book: Read-Aloud Book

1 Award:
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Angel
Jul 17, 2012 Angel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?

Author: Jane Yolen

Annotation:
Young dinosaurs go throughout the daily activities making poor behavior choices, which undoubtedly frustrates the parents. However, the book ends with unconditional love from little dinosaurs' parents.

Publication date: October 1st 2009

Themes: unconditional love, family, misbehaving

Ways to use the book with children:

Read aloud to students.

Make connections on how students show their love for family members/friends.

Write a card te
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Natalie Rion
The third book I read for today was "How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?" By Jane Yolen and Mark Teague. This story was a great story. It was about how dinosaurs say "I love you" to their families. The dinosaurs did things that most children do, acting up in some manner, then they would apologize somehow by saying "I love you". I thought this was a really neat story in that the main characters were dinosaurs, not people, which children would love. The story also rhymed and was an easy read. The ill ...more
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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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