Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Can You Dig It?
Weinstock, Robert. 2010. CAN YOU DIG IT? New York: Hyperion. ISBN 9781423122081 [Suggested Grade Levels PreK-4]
Weinstock’s picture book collection of poems humorously takes readers in reverse chronological order through pre-history to the Permian Period (roughly 250 million years ago). Within the broad theme of pre-history, Weinstock amusingly addresses subjects of interest to children such as school, snacks, tag, and even the taboo subject of poop. This collection of 21 poems, each accompanied by colorful and equally comical cartoon illustrations, will delight young children: both dinosaur fans as well as those not so familiar with primitive life forms. As a read-aloud this collection will provide opportunities to address unique and attention-grabbing vocabulary such as “ballyhoo,” “drub,” “gawking,” and “berserk.”
Read these poems aloud sharing the artwork and discussing the unique vocabulary. Discuss the importance of word choice in writing and brainstorm other exciting and less common words. Encourage children to write their own poems, either humorous or heartfelt, incorporating interesting words.
Other books about dinosaurs:
Aliki. FOSSILS TELL OF LONG AGO. ISBN 9780064450935
Barton, Brian. DINOSAURS, DINOSAURS. ISBN 9780064432986
Yolen, Jane. HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY GOODNIGHT? ISBN 9780590316811
Strickland, Paul and Henrietta. DINOSAURS ROAR. ISBN 9780140568080
By Maria Cahill