No Dinosaurs in the Park
Ethel M. King-Shaw is a professor emeritus of curriculum and instruction
at the University of Calgary.
Experiences as a teacher and mother have influenced author Harris’s
writing. And Sylvie Daigneault’s beautiful illustrations reflect her
own understanding of children.
A young girl enjoys visits from her grandfather because of their mutual
interest in dinosaurs. As they stroll in the park in a real-life
setting, they also engage in fanciful storytelling. Their imaginations
lead them to observe many extraordinary creatures and they respond by
hiding behind a tree, making loud noises, standing very still, or
offering a chocolate ice cream cone.
This book is presented in a particularly inviting manner. The text is
clear and suitable for young readers, with only a few polysyllabic names
appearing. Much more of the story is revealed by the detailed, softly
colored, and very artistic pictures. This book would probably be enjoyed
even more if read to a child by an adult and discussed.