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Dinosaur Farm

Preston-Gannon, Frann (Author/Illustrator)
Sterling 2014. 32 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9781454911326 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

A farmer wakes early, has a healthy breakfast, gets on his tractor and feeds his animals. Typical chores unfold much as they would on any farm. The difference here is that all the animals are dinosaurs.

Our farmer needs a ladder to scrub the neck of an Allosaurus; the plants that need tending are Venus flytraps. At the dinner feeding time, a T-Rex salivates over an enormous steak the farmer lugs on his shoulders. When it is finally time for bed, he has forgotten to close the gate, and he snuggles down in a bedroom full of prehistoric creatures.

Text is simple and minimal with the farmer speaking in the second person: “You put on your farm hat and boots, get on your tractor, and off you go. Your farm needs you!” The straightforward language is a wonderful contrast to the over-the-top images of Stegosauruses chasing a hay bale or the cheeky grin of a Triceratops in front of a steamy pile of manure.

Relying heavily on visual humour, collage-like illustrations fill the pages in lovely greens and reds, depicting a slightly dumbfounded farmer as he deals with his day-to-day life. The dinosaurs are cute, not scary, and will be endearing to young audiences.

A fantastic look at routines and how they can sometimes be anything but ordinary.

  •  

    Before reading, imagine what the differences would be between a real farm and a dinosaur farm. Compare and contrast them as you read.

  •  Act out what the farmer and dinosaurs might be saying or thinking during the story.
  •  Would you like to be a dinosaur farmer? Why or why not?
  •  

    Go for a picture walk and discuss the farm. Compare and contrast Dinosaur Farm with a version of Old MacDonald’s farm.

  •  

    In a big group, jot down the farmer's daily activities. How is your own daily schedule similar to and different from the farmer's? 

  •  

    Using the class activity list, and with the book as a model, create a story about your own schedule. Create it in a mini-book format.

  • To construct his/her identity
  • To use creativity
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities