This is the last Perfect Picture Book Friday before it takes a break for the summer (though I may still share wonderful finds I come across this summer). They are also celebrating their 100th PPBF (on the 101st post). So how could I NOT share one?
Author: Carol Greathouse
Illustrator: John Shroades
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile, 2009, Fiction
Age Range: 3-5 years
Theme/Topics: dinosaurs, cowboys, tall tales, geography
First Page: Back when the old, old West was still as green as a bristlecone pine and cowboys were as common as warts on a Stegasaurus, one cowboy stood out among all cowboys. He was as strong as an Iguanadon and as fast as a Utah Raptor, and his name was Rocky.
Now, Rocky weren't a big feller, but his size didn't matter.
Synopsis (from Amazon): With the strength of an Iguanodon and the speed of a Utah Raptor,
lasso-tossing, Pleiosaurus-riding Rocky is legendary. There isn't a
dinosaur in the land that would think of giving Rocky a lick of trouble.
That is, until he meets T. Rex, the rip-roarin'est, snip-snortin'est,
flame-breathin'est reptilian ever to stomp the earth. But Rocky is up to
the challenge, and his efforts to tame T. Rex take the disagreeing duo
on a Western adventure of epic proportion.
Resources: Here's some kid activities on cowboys and some on dinosaurs. I know there are TONS more out there. You could also read other tall tales to the kids (there are some VERY fun ones out there - and here is a link to some animated ones)
Why I Love This Book: What more perfect combination (especially for boys) is there than dinosaurs and cowboys? And the tall tale aspect of this (with great word pictures and exaggeration - and the cowboy dialect) make it a VERY fun read. Plus the kids will learn about dinosaurs, a bit about the Old West, AND tall tales. And add in a bit of U.S. geography for good measure, and you've got a winner in my book! The illustrations were great too. Just a fun book all around.
Susanna Leonard Hill is celebrating the 100th Perfect Picture Book Friday at her blog with a giveaway - so be sure to stop by there and enter - and check out the other perfect picture books in her HUGE collection.
My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. Psalm 45:1