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How Do Dinosaurs Stay Safe?

(How Do Dinosaurs...?)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  579 ratings  ·  95 reviews
From crossing the street with Mama to encountering a stranger, the playful but careful antics of America's favorite dinosaurs will make readers laugh aloud -- and prompt discussion of safety issues.

Few things in childhood are as important as learning how to behave safely, and the topic deserves discussion in every family. Now Jane Yolen and Mark Teague deftly approach this
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 24th 2015 by The Blue Sky Press
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Paige Dan
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Charming read aloud!
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised to receive a copy of How Do Dinosaurs Stay Safe? in a Goodreads giveaway. My son is almost 3 years old and loves books about dinosaurs. The illustrations are bold and colorful and the message about how to stay safe is important, especially for toddlers. My only minor complaint is in regards to the structure of the book. All the unsafe activities that the dinosaur does are presented in the first half of the book and then the second half of the book talks about the safe ...more
Adrienne Pettinelli
The joy of these books is in the pictures of dinosaurs doing things they aren't supposed to, and the dinosaur on the skateboard on the publication info page of this book is one of my new all-time favorites in the series.
Rachel Svendsen
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Adorable illustrations and good concept but not as cute as I hoped. The purpose was more to teach kids safety procedures which is at least a 4 star worthy cause.
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Such a cute story! My girls loved this book! We will definitely be checking out others. My girls ages 3 and 6 thought it was very funny.
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
***All questions answered by my 4 year old***

Do you like this book?
Yeah! I like it 30 out of 10!

What is your favorite part of the book?
The dinosaurs, because I like dinosaurs. I like the pictures. I like it when they don't be safe (Finnlan!)

What do you think about the cover?
I don't like it. I just like the pictures of the dinosaurs. I like real dinosaurs.

What Momma Thinks...

Finn really enjoyed when I read this to him. The How do Dinosaurs books are some of Finn's favorites. My favorite part i
Sean Congemi
Holding their moms hand while walking the street and wearing a helmet while riding a bike. These are some of the ways that dinosaurs stay safe. This is a goofy book which takes an interesting approach to teaching young kids on safety rules. Instead of having actual kids in the book, the author uses dinosaurs instead. These dinosaurs do all the same things normal kids would do on their days off. Like swimming in the pool, riding a bike, or just crossing the street. This book does a good job of sh ...more
Asha Pendergrass
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
How Do Dinosaurs Stay Safe? by Jane Yolen is a great book for young children. The author questions the safety of the dinosaurs many different activities at home, in the neighborhood, and at the park. She gives children an opportunity to decide what the dinosaurs should be doing instead or what they could be doing differently to stay safe. In the end, Jane Yolen helps readers answer the question by showing the dinosaurs engaging in all activities appropriately. From wearing helmets during a bike ...more
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Oh, these books. I really shouldn't enjoy them as much as I do. But misbehavior is HILARIOUS when you know that nobody is going to actually get hurt. It's like watching a Three Stooges video! Dinosaurs jumping from roofs, riding bikes, and teetering on chair backs with scissors in hand? Yes, please! Of course, the dinosaurs then show the right way to do things, which, while not as funny, is important. Although I must say that I don't think that helmet is going to do the Agustinia much good...and ...more
Two BookWorms Blog
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love the How Do Dinosaurs… books! You might wonder why since, after all, these books are pointing out our faults and telling us, “No, no! You mustn’t do that!” Yet it’s done in such a spirit of caring that we don’t mind. They do not come across as didactic. Instead, we find them funny and can even sheepishly admit, “Yup, I’ve done that on occasion.”

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A good preschool storytime choice, with dinosaur appeal and content grownups love. These books are admittedly pedantic, but families love them and the messaging in this one isn't too obnoxious or patronizing (looking at you, How Do Dinosaurs Learn to Read?). Love doing this in preschool storytime, where the kids will laugh and say "No!" as the answer to each question. Definitely roar like dinosaurs throughout and at the end, too!
Suzanne Kunz Williams
A delightful book that can serve as a good springboard for talking about many different kinds of safety.

**Talking Points - What safety rules do you know? What safety rules do you sometimes want to break? Who do you respect more, someone who follows the rules or someone who doesn't think the rules apply to them?
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
As much as I love the illustrations in this series of dinosaur books, I just don't think my child quite understands the order that the book is written. It tells you all the bad things first and I have to tell my child "No" after each page... until it actually gets to the proper safety parts.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great series of books to teach kids right from wrong.
Both kids are starting to come around to this series. My daughter is picking up on the messages but I think they both just get satisfaction out of seeing dinosaurs do human things.
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book begins with examples of ways a dinosaur could be unsafe. Using rhyming words and detailed illustrations, the dinosaurs then show examples of much better ways to be safe.
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We love the rhyming dinosaur books. This book is also nice to bring up subjects that you can discuss with your child -- strangers, walking across the street, etc.

Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I especially like how the names of each dinosaur are written out underneath them.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute for ages 3-5. I like how the names of the dinosaurs are included and the pictures of dinosaurs behaving like toddlers made my toddler friend giggle.
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love all her books
Nathan Cunningham
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
A cute book in a cute series. The illustrations are so much fun!
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, jjs-shelf
Grandson loves all the how do dinosaurs books, this one was no exception...
Brandy T
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: story-time
Love all of these books!

Following Instructions.
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
A story that teaches children how to stay safe in a way that entertains them.
Carol Bynum
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: popular-series
How Do Dinosaurs Stay Safe? is a picture book about dinosaurs, and how they behave properly.

When I first saw this book, I was captured by the beautiful, colorful drawings. There are often two page spreads; the only picture that is a single page spread is the last picture of the book!

The message of the book is pretty simple: it shows children how to act safely, with the dinosaurs acting as children. I felt this book would be especially good for little boys. I remember many of my childhood playma
Jenny Yeager
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edrd-314
I enjoyed reading this book because of the wonderful illustrations of dinosaurs. The illustrator made them very lifelike and decided to have the dinosaur fill up the majority of each page. This book would be wonderful to use in a classroom when discussing safety with your students. It starts with activities that the dinosaurs do that are not safe. Then, the book transitions into safe actions that the dinosaur performs. The safety aspects the book discusses relate to what children need to know ab ...more
Tina Harden
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young boys
Jane Yolen has hit the jackpot with her 'How Do Dinosaurs' formula. These titles have sold over 14,000,000 to date. My local library really enjoys the series and tells me they are very popular right now.

'How Do Dinosaurs Stay Safe?' is very nicely illustrated. This title is supposed to help teach proper manners to children. It teaches table manners, to wear a bike helmet, not to go with strangers and such. This one seems geared specifically to boys. The rough-and-tumble type activities the dino
Daniel Cipriano
Before I read this book, I never thought about the question. But after reading this book, I now can say I know how dinosaurs stay safe. This book is very well thought out. This book rhymes and also flows easily. Children are very interested in dinosaurs and it is always important to tell you children how to play safe and have a good time. This book lets parents explain to their children rules and guidelines to follow when they are playing. The pictures in this book are very comical. Most picture ...more
I have really liked all of the How Do Dinosaurs..? books that we've read. I initially picked 3 of them up at Kohl's as "Kohl's Cares for Kids" books (the $5 books that the proceeds go to charity). Brooklyn loved them! The dinosaurs are really cute and the pages are large and pretty vibrant (without being overly so).

I discovered at the library a few weeks ago that there are a lot more now! So we've slowly been picking them all up. Brooklyn still enjoyed this and kept pointing at the dinosaurs and
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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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