Publication Date: September 19, 2013 | Age Level: 6 - 12 | Grade Level: 2 - 5
Children's bed-time adventure for ages 6-12. What's scarier than a dinosaur? Making new friends. All children are fascinated by these prehistoric reptiles and nearly every child is nervous making new friends. Presented in an easy-to-read English children's adventure bed-time book with full color illustrations, HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH A PLANT EATING DINOSAURS. MY FAVORITES ARE THE HERBIVORES combines children's love of dinosaurs with life lessons about making friends and getting along with their families. The pages are packed with interests, friendships, eating your veggies, and a few facts about Herbivores, the friendly plant eating dinosaurs. If you've been searching for an adventure children's bed-time story, HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH A PLANT EATING DINOSAUR. MY FAVORITE ARE THE HERBIVORES is a fun and quick read for children ages 6-12.
On About.com Bob Strauss explores children's fascination with dinosaurs. His explanations fit the reason why I originally wrote the book. He writes "pretty much every kid in the world goes through a “dinosaur phase,” when he or she eats, sleeps and breathes dinosaurs. Sometimes this happens as young as two or three, and a precocious tot pronounces the word “tyrannosaurus” before he can wrap his mouth around “please” or “thank you.” Usually it occurs around the age of six or seven, when kids are just starting to come to grips with scientific concepts and can extrapolate the behavior of dinosaurs from the wildlife they see at the zoo.
Until 20 years ago, most kids learned about dinosaurs from mounted skeletons in museums. In fact, many kids prefer their dinosaurs in skeleton form--especially when they're putting together scale-sized models of a Stegosaurus or Brachiosaurus!" ( a plant eating dinosaur.) But why, exactly, do kids love dinosaurs so much? Reason No. 1: Dinosaurs Are Big, Scary – and Extinct. The most likely explanation for why kids love dinosaurs is that these huge, dangerous reptiles went extinct over 65 million years ago (though that might as well be 65 years from the perspective of your average pre-schooler). Children have vivid imaginations. That's why dinosaurs have such enormous appeal: the average grade-schooler may have only a vague idea when dinosaurs went extinct, but he knows, for a fact, that they're no longer around. A Tyrannosaurus Rex, no matter how huge and hungry, is thus rendered completely safe, since there's no chance of accidentally running into one during a nature excursion or at summer camp.
Reason No. 2: Dinosaurs Get to Do What They Want. No one tells a full-grown Stegosaurus that he has to go to bed, finish his peas before he can have dessert, or take care of his baby sister. Dinosaurs represent, in kids' minds, the ultimate: when they want something, they go out and get it, and nothing had better stand in their way. The reason parents don't mind when their kid pretends to be a fierce Allosaurus is that this kind of “disobedience” allows him to harmlessly blow off steam; it's better to deal with a pesky, hyperactive dinosaur than an entirely human kid having an ugly tantrum."