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Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
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Danny gets his wish when a dinosaur leaves the museum for the day to play. A good book for a child to learn to read, discuss dinosaurs, and learn about friendship. ( )
  dbuster | Apr 20, 2016 |
This story is about Danny, a young boy who goes to a museum and meets a dinosaur. Both the dinosaur and Danny want to spend together, so the dinosaur leaves the museum for a day of adventures with Danny. They travel through the city and eventually stop at the park to play with children before the dinosaur must return to the museum and Danny must return home. The plot is fun and shows what happens to Danny and the dinosaur throughout their time together, and is paced to allow the reader to wonder what will happen next as they come upon new people, places, and potential problems they must solve. Through the plot and the situations that they encounter, the dinosaur's friendly and kind nature is revealed, while Danny is shown to be a character that is kind and helpful. Even in the imaginary world, the theme of being helpful and friendship being important is evident.
Media: pen, crayon, pencil
Genre: Picture book, beginning reader picture book ("I wish we had a boat, said Danny."), animal fantasy. ( )
  JessicaRojas | Mar 30, 2016 |
Danny loves dinosaurs. When he sees one at the museum and says, "It would be nice to play with a dinosaur," a voice answers, "And I think it would be nice to play with you." So begins Dannys and the dinosaur's wonderful adventure together.
  wichitafriendsschool | Mar 25, 2016 |
I found this to be a very nice read. I thought it was a very cute book because its about a person becoming best friends with a dinosaur. This book can be used for a teacher showing their students what it takes to be a good friend and a good person. It sets many examples for young kids on how to treat friends and people they care about. ( )
  nicole.emanuele | Nov 30, 2015 |
Danny And The Dinosaur is a series of fun adventures between friends. The series includes stories meant for early readers. This story is the first in its series and sets the scene for how Danny met his lifelong friend, the Dinosaur. Danny goes to the museum and meets a talking dinosaur. Danny shows the dinosaur around his town and introduces him to people, as well as, new activities. It is comical because of all the things the dinosaur does wrong, but he does a lot of nice things as well. He is very helpful and considerate of others, which can be a good lesson for kids to learn. The moral of the story is that one can form friendships in mysterious places. Class discussions could revolve around making friends, not judging a book by its cover, and being polite/kind to everyone. A teacher could use this in their classroom to teach students on what makes a good person. Good people are kind, polite, helpful, and fun. The pictures in this book are fun, full of color, and vibrant. Its important for beginning readers to read books with eye-popping pictures to grab their attention and get them interested in the story. ( )
  aschuler | Sep 23, 2015 |
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Danny loves dinosaurs. When he sees one at the museun and says, "It would be nice to play with a dinosaur," a voice answers, "And I think it would be nice to play with you." So begins Dannys and the dinosaur's wonderful adventure together!

But a dinosaur is no ordinary playmate. Even the most everyday activities become extraordinary, like finding a big-enough place to hide a dinosaur in a game of hide-and-seek, and keeping him from knocking over houses with his long tail. But Danny can teach a old dinosaur new tricks. It's the most fun this dinosaur has had in a hundred million years!

Originally published as An I Can Read Book over 40 years ago, this classic story is perfect for reading together.

Danny's out on the town with a real live dinosaur. And whether they're eating ice cream or playing hide-and-seek, these two are having one hundred million years of fun--all in one day.

Outstanding Children's Books of 1958 (NYT)

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A little boy is surprised and pleased when one of the dinosaurs from the museum agrees to play with him.

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