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Tyrannosaurus Was a Beast by Jack Prelutsky

Tyrannosaurus Was a Beast

by Jack Prelutsky

Other authors: Arnold Lobel (Illustrator)

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Prelutsky, J., & Lobel, A. (1988). Tyrannosaurus was a Beast. New York, New York: Mulberry Books.

This is a collection of poems all involving dinosaurs. There are classic favorites like Tyrannosaurus, Stegosaurus, and Triceratops as well as lesser known dinosaurs like Quetzalcaotlus and Coelophysis. This book would be wonderful in the classroom to work on types of poetry and it has a multitude of amazing vocabulary words. The dinosaur names are tough, but the book offers the proper pronunciation for each one. You could bring in a poem or two at a time into the classroom, or introduce the whole book. The language is difficult, but children even as young as kindergarten would enjoy it. I would suggest this book as an adult read aloud book. As one of Jack Prelutsky’s slightly lesser known books, it has not won any major awards, but he has won many for his previous books. ( )
  jangelique | Nov 20, 2016 |
GL: 5.4
  Infinityand1 | Aug 3, 2016 |
Illustrated page of a dinosaur and opposing page with poem. Poetry rhythm reflects dinosaur characteristics. Great read aloud. ( )
  root.katy | Jun 9, 2014 |
Tyrannosaurus Was a Beast is a book with poems about different kinds of dinosaurs. Each poem tells about what the dinosaur did, ate and looked like. There are illustrations that do the same.

Each dinosaur is also described by what their name means.

In the beginning of the book there is information about where the dinosaur lived, how large it was and when it lived.

This book would be good for young children who are interested in dinosaurs and want to know more.
  izzymcdizzy | Mar 30, 2014 |
Dinosaur names are tricky to pronounce...luckily my kitten audience cannot judge or correct me. ( )
  melissarochelle | Apr 5, 2013 |
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"In an intriguing combination of fact with rollicking rhyme schemes and full-page portraits, the dinosaurs are rejuvenated once again to amuse and amaze their devoted fans....These poems are readable, quotable, and unforgettable....A wonderful book to savor--again and again."--Horn Book.

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A collection of humorous poems about dinosaurs.

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