Once Upon a Story
March 4, 2016

Good Morning Yoga-UPDATED cover hi-resGood Morning Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Wake Up Story

by Mariam Gates, illustrated by Sarah Jane Hinder

Published by: Sounds True

Release date: March 2016

Ages: 4-8

Pages: 36

From the publisher:

This “wake up” story is so much more than a story. It’s a practice for kids and parents to greet the morning with joy and embark on their daily adventures with intention and confidence. Turn the page and reach up to the sky, press your feet into the earth, and get ready for a great day!

About The Author:Mariam Gates

Mariam Gates holds a master’s in education from Harvard University and has more than twenty years’ experience working with children. Her renowned Kid Power Yoga program combines her love of yoga with teaching to help children access their inner gifts. She is the author of Good Night Yoga (Sounds True, April 2015), and lives in Santa Cruz, CA, with her husband, yoga teacher Rolf Gates, and their two children. For more information, visit mariamgates.com.
Twitter:  @gatesmariam
Instagram: mariam.gates

 

My thoughts:
We are a yoga family. I started taking a class a year ago, and love it. My almost-7yo asked to learn some of the positions. And my preschooler’s teachers use it to center the kids throughout the day. So Good Morning Yoga is the perfect addition to our family library. The text is both lyrical and directional, each page guiding the child through a new pose and breathing technique. A summary of poses is included in the final pages, as well as directions for visualization. And y’all…these illustrations could not be any cuter. Bright colors, diverse, smiling faces. You can’t help but smile.
I invited Mariam to write a guest post here on the blog. Make sure you keep scrolling after her post for a giveaway!  And if all that’s not enough, you can watch the book trailer, listen to Miriam read from the book, and download this fun storytime kit.
But first, here’s author Miriam Gates with…

5 Ways Yoga is Like Reading

 

My favorite pastimes have always been yoga and reading. Check out how these two popular pursuits have more in common than you’d think.

 

  1. Shhhh…. Both yoga and reading are done quietly. What is happening inside is what matters most. And with each activity, the quieter you are, the easier it is to do.

 

  1. Develop those muscles! Yoga and reading are different kind of exercises, but both are strengthening and lead to a healthier you. Yoga is an obvious physical workout; creating increased flexibility and a stronger body. Reading develops those mental muscles and just like any other part of the body, it requires regular activity to keep it working at its best.

 

  1. Relaxation in Action: Everyone knows that yoga is a great way to slow down and de-stress. The wonderful thing about reading is that no matter what else is happening in your daily life, losing yourself in a great story is a wonderful way to find some inner tranquility and often much needed perspective.

 

  1. Imagination Central: Where else can you feel what it is like in your body to fly, or move like a snake in the grass? Where else can you imagine you are weightless in space or as large as a giant? Yoga poses, like reading, allow you to take your imagination on an incredible ride.

 

  1. Fun To Do Together! Doing yoga with your kids is a great way to spend time with each other and explore something new while learning to feel calm and awake mentally and physically. Reading together, it goes without saying, is one of the most wonderful activities you can do with your children because there too, you get to experience new worlds side by side.

GIVEAWAY!

One lucky winner will receive both books by Mariam Gates–GOOD MORNING YOGA and GOOD NIGHT YOGA, along with a full-color poster! (U.S. only. Giveaway closes at midnight on March 12th)

 

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March 4, 2015

Jack At The Helm (The Berenson Schemes #3)  by Lisa Doan, illustrated by Ivica Stevanovic

Published by: Lerner

Release date: April 2015

Ages: 9-12

Pages: 152

From the publisher:

Jack’s parents have bought a farmhouse in Nepal. It’ll be the site of a new religion―their latest get-rich-quick scheme. Sure, the Berensons don’t know quite how to get to the place. But once they arrive, their plan is sure to work. When the Berenson family’s travels leave Jack lost in the wilderness of Nepal, a patched-up old raft is the only way to track down his mom and dad. At least this time, Jack has company. He’s riding with Harry from Connecticut, a traveling dude who has been trying to find himself―and who also wound up stranded. As Jack and Harry ride down a winding river, they’ll have to watch out for rocks, rapids, and even crocodiles!

 

About the Author:Lisa Doan

Lisa Doan is the author of The Berenson Schemes series – Jack the Castaway, Jack and the Wild Life and Jack at the Helm. She received a master’s degree in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her extensive travel in Africa and Asia and eight years spent living in the Caribbean were the basis for the series’ international settings. She has hatched her share of harebrained schemes, including backpacking alone from Morocco to Kenya, hitchhiking across the Sahara with Nigerian car dealers, sauntering off on an ill-advised, one-person walking safari, and opening a restaurant with no actual restaurant experience. Her occupations have included master scuba diving instructor, New York City headhunter, owner-chef of a “sort of Chinese-like” restaurant, television show set medic, and deputy prothonotary of a county court. Visit the author and download free, CCSS-aligned curriculum guides at lisadoan.org.
 
My thoughts:
Upon reading Jack at the Helm (and the first two books in the Berenson Schemes series) what struck my most was Jack’s unique voice. Poor Jack is a child burdened with well-meaning, but rather eccentric parents who just can’t seem to keep track of him. In this latest book, he finds himself wandering Nepal, but Jack’s no stranger to having to survive on his own. I invited Jack (and author Lisa Doan) to the blog to share a few survival tips:

Jack Berenson’s Top Tips on Surviving a Foreign Family Trip

So . . . Mom and Dad got you a passport and are taking you overseas. Here are a few guidelines for the  wanting-to-live young traveler.

Job one: Never take your eyes off your parents! It’s a little known fact that adults like to wander  off—mine have escaped me three times already. Don’t let yours get away.

 While you continue to stare at your parents, don’t pitch a tent at a random camping spot. If nobody else is camping there, then either everybody knows it’s a bad idea or everybody is dead. Don’t be that kid  that got carried off by wild dogs or dragged into the water by a crocodile.

While you keep watching your parents, stuff your pockets with a compass, Swiss army knife, antibiotics, water purification tablets, Neosporin, bandages, trail mix, an SAS Survival Handbook, rope, a tarp, rain gear, a map and flares. I’m not saying you’ll need them, but. . . .

 You blinked and your parents have disappeared. You’re in a foreign wilderness and will have to dig deep and use MacGyver-like focus to survive the night. (Bonus tip: don’t use the antibiotics you stuffed in your pocket to treat your runny nose—you’re just crying, not sick.)

 By some miracle, you’re still alive at dawn. Do you wait for your parents to rescue you? Be honest with yourself: Do you have enough food to last through their long, badly planned and poorly executed rescue operation? My own personal experience is, don’t wait.

You decide you’d better try to save yourself. Depending on where you are, you may face: avalanches,  tsunamis, wild animal attacks, heat stroke, malaria, snake bites, mud slides, volcano eruptions,  earthquakes, hurricanes, frostbite, dengue fever, ant swarms, bee swarms, locust swarms and the  occasional military coup. Prepare for the worst and know that being a good person won’t save  you—you’re going to need a lot of quick thinking and a lot of luck.

  Let me know if you make it back!

jackseriesGiveaway!

ONE LUCKY WINNER will receive ALL THREE BOOKS in the Berenson Schemes series: Jack the Castaway, Jack and the Wildlife, and Jack at the Helm.  (U.S. addresses only). Enter below by 11:59pm on Wednesday, March 18th.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Good luck!

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August 26, 2014

Watch Out Hollywood! More Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child cover Watch Out, Hollywood! More Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child by Maria T. Lennon

Published by:HarperCollins

Release date: August 2014

Ages: 8-12

Pages: 224

From the publisher:

Hilarious tween heroine Charlie C. Cooper—reformed bully, misguided fashionista, and so-called middle child—is back! This sequel to Confessions of a So-called Middle Child will delight fans of Louise Rennison, Mean Girls, and Harriet the Spy.

Charlie’s adventures offer a fresh look at middle school, bullying, and mean girls. In Book Two, Charlie navigates sudden celebrity and auditions for a television series, but a little white lie may endanger the one friendship Charlie can truly count on—and her connection to swoon-worthy crush Bobby! Poignant and seriously funny, Charlie’s account of her dilemma is one all tweens will relate to.

Charlie knows what it feels like to be stuck in the middle, but it’s finally her time to shine. After saving her friend Marta in the old Houdini tunnels of Los Angeles, Charlie’s become a local hero, gained sudden celebrity, and *MIGHT* just become a TV star! But will Charlie let her newfound fame go to her head? Watch out, Hollywood!

 

Note about today’s special guest post:

I have been sharing books here on this blog for several years. When reviewing picture books, I’ll often include the thoughts and reactions of my own young children, but when reading middle grade or young adult books, I’m on my own…my children are not yet old enough for those titles.

I read the first book in this series a while ago, though never reviewed it here. What I enjoy most about Charlie is her flaws, her brutal honesty. A reformed bully, yes, but not sappy-sweet. Charlie has learned a lesson or two about compassion towards others, but she’s still a teenage girl, one struggling with her desire to fit in while standing out, loving her family while rolling her eyes at their lameness. Charlie cannot be categorized. She is real, and complex, and, well, a pre-teen.

A couple of months ago, I shared Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child with with a friend’s daughter, Allison. She finished it almost immediately, and asked if there would be any more.

As a matter of fact…

Not only was there another one releasing, but it was releasing soon, and I happened to have a copy at home. I handed the book over to her the following week, and she finished it within two days, and then agreed to guest post here on Once Upon A Story.

So today, I’m pleased to have my first guest post by a young reviewer, right in the middle of those “middle grade” years.  I give you…

Allison’s thoughts:

In Spring of 2014 I read Maria T. Lennon’s book entitled Confessions of a So-called Middle Child and enjoyed it cover to cover. She writes with a very unique style, both straightforward and detailed at the same time. From the perspective of a teenager in middle school, she captures perfectly the essence of growing up and adds an unusual twist to it.

In Ms. Lennon’s second, Watch out Hollywood! More Confessions of a So-called Middle Child, the same techniques are applied and the storyline is as exciting as ever. When Charlie, our “hero”, has become very popular with the media, an offer is made to her from an agent who promises her own TV show. But what Charlie doesn’t know, is that telling a tiny little lie to get the part can result in big social troubles with potentially everyone at her school. All the people she considered as friends are quickly turning on her. Now, Charlie has to fix what she has done and make up for her mistake before it is too late.

Ms. Lennon has brought the story to life. The challenges that Charlie face have become bigger than ever, and she has done an excellent job of illustrating that for the reader. This book has used amazing storylines to point out that doing something bad early on won’t help your situation; it will just expose more and more problems later on. As a 6th grader, I would recommend this series to my friends, and I hope that there is a third book!

 

Thank you, Allison, for taking the time to stop by!

Want to know more about Maria?Maria Lennon photo_credit Chiara Berruto
Maria T. Lennon is a graduate of the London School of Economics, a novelist, a screenwriter, and the author of Confessions of a So-called Middle Child, the first book featuring the irrepressible Charlie C. Cooper. When not driving one of her four children to school or volunteering at school libraries, she can be found sitting in a parked car, a café, or a library, writing novels, travel articles, or just passed out. To learn more, and to download a free curiculum guide, visit her website: http://confessionsofasocalledmiddlechild.com/.
 
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The Hiding Spot
Mon, Aug 18
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Tues, Aug 19
The Book Monsters
Wed, Aug 20
The Children’s Book Review
Thurs, Aug 21
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Fri, Aug 22
Booking Mama
Mon, Aug 25
Read Now, Sleep Later
Tues, Aug 26
Once upon a Story
Wed, Aug 27
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Thurs, Aug 28
The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia
Fri, Aug 29
Beauty and the Bookshelf
 

And now…

GIVEAWAY!

One lucky winner will receive both books featuring Charlie C. Cooper–CONFESSIONS OF A SO-CALLED MIDDLE CHILD, new in paperback, and WATCH OUT, HOLLYWOOD! MORE CONFESSIONS OF A SO-CALLED MIDDLE CHILD, in hardcover! (U.S. addresses only.)

1. Fill out the form below

2. One (1) entry per household

3. U.S Residents only, please.

4. Giveaway closes at 11:59pm on Tuesday, August 8th.

Good luck!


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March 26, 2014

18079564The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky

Published by: Dial

Release date: February 2014

Ages: 8-12

Pages: 240

From the publisher:

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” meets Because of Winn Dixie in this inspiring story of hope.

Auggie Jones lives with her grandpa Gus, a trash hauler, in a poor part of town.  So when her wealthy classmate’s father starts the House Beautification Committee, it’s homes like Auggie’s that are deemed “in violation.”  But Auggie is determined to prove that there’s more to her—and to her house—than meets the eye.

What starts out as a home renovation project quickly becomes much more as Auggie and her grandpa discover a talent they never knew they had—and redefine a whole town’s perception of beauty, one recycled sculpture at a time.

Holly Schindler’s feel-good story about the power one voice can have will inspire readers to speak from their hearts.

My thoughts:

From the very first page, I was rooting for Auggie. She’s what I think most would consider the underdog.  Living with her grandfather in the less affluent part of the neighborhood. Forced to move schools after her old school is closed down. Writing to a mother in California who never seems to find the time to write back. Auggie is the type of girl you want to hug and fix things for.

But Auggie doesn’t need somebody to fix things for her.  She’s got grit and determination and an unusual eye for beauty.  She’s not one to be kept down.

And neither is her Grandpa Gus, which is why I invited him on the blog today to share a little bit more about what has happened at The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky.

Hi, Gus!  Thanks for stopping by today!  I know you’re a busy man, so I’ll get right to it.  Tell me a little bit about what you do?

Well, I’m a trash hauler.  Doesn’t sound like such a fancy job, and it isn’t.  Really, I’m retired.  Get “security checks,” as Auggie and I are always calling them.  Trash hauling’s something I do on the side.  Got my old truck—Old Glory, we call her—painted up on the doors, with “Gus’s Salvage.”  Even got a winch on the back, so I can pull old cars out of muddy spots and rivers where they got abandoned.

And you’re raising your granddaughter, Auggie, right?  Tell us a little bit about her.

Little Sister, I call my Auggie.  Since it feels like I’m raising daughter number two—a little sister to the first one.  Right about the time she got sent to a new school, she realized she and I don’t really just live in an old house—it’s, well, it’s poor, too.  Got it in her head that she wanted to spruce the place up.  But like I told her, “Poor folks have poor ways.”  We couldn’t afford a bunch of fancy new stuff for the house.  Had to use what we could—which turned out to be the stuff I picked up as a trash hauler.

You and Auggie live in Serendipity Place and there’s been a lot of chatter surrounding your neighborhood lately. What’s going on?

A fancy new committee recently formed—The House Beautification Committee.  Decided to clean up old neighborhoods like ours.  And when Auggie and I started working on our house, boy, did they get mad!  Started sending us warning notices and fines…but what could we do?  We’d put in stained-glass windows and glass-filled Quikrete on our walk!  Wasn’t like we could just take it off anytime we wanted.

But the committee didn’t like the rest of Serendipity Place’s updates, either.  We’re all getting fined.

So you and Auggie have been hard at work.  Can you share a little bit of your project?

Sure—like I said, we’ve been using the stuff I pick up as a trash hauler.  But we’re also using an old welding torch I had from back when I was a full-time welder.  We’ve taken junked cars and old water heaters and toasters and a hundred other discarded items and turned them into metal flowers and sculptures of people who dance and jump rope and play Duck, Duck, Goose, and anything else that Auggie can think up.

I’ll let you get back to work, Gus.  But just one more question.  If there’s a message you want everyone who hears about you, Auggie, and Serendipity Place to hear, what is it?

Sometimes, “pretty” and “new” aren’t the same thing.  Seems to me, something that’s old can be every bit as pretty as something that’s still got its new shine on it.  Funny, isn’t it?  Auggie found her own “shine,” her great special talent, by finding what’s pretty in rusted, old, discarded stuff.

 

Thank you Gus (and Holly!) for visiting today.

Words of Praise for The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky:

“…a heartwarming and uplifting story…[that] shines…with vibrant themes of community, self-empowerment and artistic vision delivered with a satisfying verve.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Axioms like ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ and ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ come gracefully to life in Schindler’s tale about the value of hard work and the power of community…Auggie’s enthusiasm and unbridled creativity are infectious, and likeminded readers will envy her creative partnership with [her grandfather] Gus.” – Publishers Weekly

“Determined to save her home, Auggie [uses] pottery shards, vivid glass, and metal sculptures [to] transform the house’s exterior into a vibrant expression of the love within its walls.  In Auggie, Schindler creates a spunky, sympathetic character young readers will engage with and enjoy.” – The Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Book Studies

“The protagonist perches in the reader’s heart as she goes about trying to “‘discover her shine.’”  – NY Journal of Books

Holly_Schindler_SMLLinks:
Twitter: @holly_schindler
Facebook: facebook.com/HollySchindlerAuthor
Author site: hollyschindler.com

More from Holly:

Site for young readers: Holly Schindler’s Middles – hollyschindlermiddles.weebly.com. I’m especially excited about this site. I adored getting to interact with the YA readership online—usually through Twitter or FB. But I had to create a site where I could interact with the MG readership. I’m devoting a page on the site to reviews from young readers themselves! Be sure to send your young reader’s review through the Contact Me page.
Group Author Blogs: YA Outside the Lines (yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com) for YA authors and Smack Dab in the Middle (smack-dab-in-the-middle.blogspot.com) for MG authors.
THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY Trailer:

Link to purchase on Amazon:

My next YA, FERAL, releases with HarperTeen on August 26, 2014:

The Lovely Bones meets Black Swan in this haunting psychological thriller with twists and turns that will make you question Feral HCeverything you think you know.

It’s too late for you. You’re dead. Those words continue to haunt Claire Cain months after she barely survived a brutal beating in Chicago. So when her father is offered a job in another state, Claire is hopeful that getting out will offer her a way to start anew.

But when she arrives in Peculiar, Missouri, Claire feels an overwhelming sense of danger, and her fears are confirmed when she discovers the body of a popular high school student in the icy woods behind the school, surrounded by the town’s feral cats. While everyone is quick to say it was an accident, Claire knows there’s more to it, and vows to learn the truth about what happened.

But the closer she gets to uncovering the mystery, the closer she also gets to realizing a frightening reality about herself and the damage she truly sustained in that Chicago alley….

Holly Schindler’s gripping story is filled with heart-stopping twists and turns that will keep readers guessing until the very last page.

 

 

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January 15, 2014

Baby_Penguins_Love_their_Mama coverBaby Penguins Love Their Mama

Published by: Philomel

Release date: January 2014

Ages: 3-5

Pages: 32

From the publisher:

When you’re a mama penguin with lots (and lots) of little ones to take care of, the days can melt together in a blur. Monday: swimming lessons. Tuesday: sliding. Wednesday: waddling. And on and on. Mama loves her babies so much. Do they know, she wonders, just how much? As it turns out, they do–because they love her just as much! And to show it, they surprise her with a thoughtful gesture of their own on Sunday. In her companion to Baby Penguins Everywhere! Melissa Guion offers another adorable book for sharing between mother and child.

 

Y’all, I am so happy to have Melissa Guion on the blog today!  I “met” Melissa a few month ago when I was happily chatting with another writer friend about her first book, Baby Penguins Everywhere!  Melissa hopped right in, and she’s warm and funny and can relate to all my parenting dramas.

So when I was asked a short time later if I would be interested in having her stop by to share a little bit about her new book, of course the answer was “YES!”

A little more about Melissa before I hand over the reins:Melissa Guion Headshot_credit John Trotter

Melissa Guion’s first picture book, Baby Penguins Everywhere!, was selected for The Original Art 2012, an exhibition of the year’s best illustrated children’s books. Melissa swears she could draw baby penguins all day, but she may take a hiatus to do a book about her daughter’s guinea pigs. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York. For more information, visit her website:http://www.melissaguion.com/

 

And now, ladies and gentlemen, Melissa herself:

 

BABY PENGUINS LOVE THEIR MAMA is a follow-up to BABY PENGUINS EVERYWHERE!, my first picture book. That first book was about the happiness of a new family. And the challenges. I wrote it when my daughter was very young.
 
I wrote the the second book to follow the story of that penguin family. I mean, I told myself I was following the penguins, but I guess it reflects my experiences with my own daughter. 
 
The second book looks at reciprocity. Before I became a mom, I knew what it mean to be on the receiving end of maternal love. I didn’t get the mother’s perspective. I hadn’t experienced the deep satisfaction of seeing your children get stronger. The pleasure of teaching them things, with all the failures and funny mishaps and triumphant successes, on their part and on yours. And the incredible bittersweetness throughout, because you watch them gain confidence, you witness the birth of their independence, which will lead them away from you. I tried to reflect both sides. I don’t expect kids to see the parent’s perspective, but it’s there. Maybe the parent doesn’t always remember the child’s perspective either! But hopefully in the shared experience of reading, there are things both parents and kids can recognize and enjoy. And they get to look at penguins! Which are cute!
Melissa Guion post for NoVaLibMom
(Image used with author permission)
Thank you so much, Melissa, for stopping by!
But we’re not done yet!  Keep reading to find out where Melissa will be stopping on her web tour next.  And then check out the giveaway I have for you today!
Be sure to follow the adorable mama and baby penguins on Melissa Guion’s blog tour!
 
Monday, Jan 13
Susan Heim on Parenting
Tues, Jan 14
The Children’s Book Review
Wed, Jan 15
Once Upon a Story
Thurs, Jan 16
Kid Lit Frenzy
Fri, Jan 17
Momma Drama
Sat, Jan 18
Booking Mama
Mon, Jan 20
5 Minutes for Books
Tues, Jan 21
Just a Little Creativity
Wed, Jan 22
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Thurs, Jan 23
Geo Librarian
Fri, Jan 24
As They Grow Up
Sat, Jan 25
Obsessive Mommy
Check out this GIVEAWAY!
One lucky winner will receive a deliciously-scented mama and baby penguin goat’s milk soap (for preening practice, of course!) and a signed copy of BABY PENGUINS LOVE THEIR MAMA.  (U.S. addresses only.)  Entries close at midnight on January 29th.

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December 11, 2013

It’s Wednesday, friends!  Halfway through the week! 

I’m turning the blog over today to my friend Stacy, so that she can introduce you to her debut picture book, Dear Santasaurus, out now from Boyds Mill Press.  Make sure you read all the way to the end of today’s post…Stacy has cookies!

 

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Why I Love the Spinosaurus

by Guest Blogger Stacy McAnulty

My debut picture book, Dear Santasaurus, stars a rascally young dino who writes letters to Santasaurus all year long. Our hero is named Ernest B. Spinosaurus, and he’s (obviously!) a Spinosaurus. Why did I pick a Spinosaurus over a T-Rex or am Ankylosaurus or a Pterodactyl ? Because Spinosaurus is my favorite dino, and here’s why.

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1.  I can pronounce the name. Spinosaurus! It’s easy to say, and the dinosaur’s most distinct characteristic is built right into the name. I probably pronounce 3 out of 4 dinosaur names incorrectly. I’m pretty confident I got this one right.

 

2. The Tyrannosaurs Rex is so last season and over used. When I do school visits and ask the children to name a dino, guess which is always named first and most often. Yep, the T-Rex. He’s the king of dinosaurs, but the Spinosaurus was actually bigger.

[Side note: I do have a t-rex in my book. His name is Ty, and he’s Ernest’s best-friend. However, T-Rex and Spinosaurus lived millions of years apart and in different areas.

 

3.  I like to tell kids that the Spinosaurus is extinct twice. The most complete Spinosaurus skeleton was destroyed during a WWII bombing in Germany. Drawings remain of that specimen, but nothing else. There are jaw pieces, teeth, and other random Spinosaurus fossils housed in collections around the world.

 

4.  The giant fin down the back of a Spinosaurus is a mystery. It could have been used to regulate the temperature of the animal in the hot dessert. It could have been a beautiful feature used to get dates. It could have been used to intimidate other animals—“Look how big I am!”

 

5.  The Spinosaurus was probably a fish eater. I like fish too. Scientists believe he ate fish because of his long snout and sharp teeth.

 

Does your child have a favorite dinosaur? I’d love to hear what it is and why. You can send me a message at stacy (at) stacymcanulty (dot) com

 

As part of this blog tour, I’m baking a cookie each day. Today’s cookie is…

White Chocolate and Cranberry

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(visit http://stacymcanulty.blogspot.com/ for the recipe)

About Stacy:

Stacy lives in North Carolina with her three children, two dogs, and one husband. She loves books, Christmas, Spinosaurus, and cookies. DEAR SANTASAURUS (Boyd Mills Press, 2013) is her first picture book. For more information on Stacy, please visit www.stacymcanulty.com

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