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HERE COMES T. REX COTTONTAIL

Author: Lois G. Grambling

Illustrator: Jack E. Davis

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Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books, an Imprint of HarperCollins,

Material: paperback

Summary: The Easter Bunny, aka Peter Cottontail, is sick. His timing couldn't be worse ... tomorrow is Easter! T. Rex has volunteered to deliver all of Peter's eggs, and has been practicing his bunny hop. He hasn't quite mastered it yet, and all of the eggs are ruined when T. Rex falls over. Hen has no more eggs. What's a T. Rex to do? This seasonal book has lessons in friendship and creative problem solving.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 7

Reading Level: 2.2

Age of Child: Read by an 8-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter giggled her way through this one, and there were lots of "uh ohs" along the way. She loved the different animal eggs and the end, where Peter gets an egg, too.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a really cute story. I particularly liked the idea of T. Rex saving an egg for Peter Cottontail, who doesn't usually get anything. I also liked how the author was able to sneak in a couple of other different animal species that lay eggs.

Pros: Dinosaurs, Easter, and adventure come together in this light-hearted, humorous picture book for kids. This is an excellent seasonal read-aloud and would also be good for first and second grade readers for independent reading.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow for most of us. It's fun to read and the kids will love it, but it is limited because of the Easter-based story. That said, little dinosaur lovers will want this seasonal story in their collection.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE BERENSTAIN BEARS' BABY EASTER BUNNY   WHEN DINOSAURS CAME WITH EVERYTHING   BISCUIT'S PET AND PLAY EASTER

Educational Themes: There are themes of friendship (helping out a friend), creative problem solving (have to find new eggs), and acceptance (the kids see T Rex as the Easter Bunny). The author sneaks in some information about animals besides chickens that lay eggs.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, Easter, dinosaurs

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2010

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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