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*The Littlest Dinosaur* by Michael Foreman
The Littlest Dinosaur
by Michael Foreman
Ages 4-8 32 pages Walker Books for Young Readers April 2008 Hardcover    

In a dinosaur world where everything is gargantuan, a late-hatching egg contains a smaller-than-small runt of the litter. As expected, this little guy is a misfit among his peers. For safety’s sake, he spends his days sitting alone high atop a hill. From there, he spies a massive “Long Neck” across the distance on a similar hill. Predictably, disaster strikes, and the whole dino herd becomes stuck in the mud beside a fast-rising river. Is there any question who saves the day?

The Littlest Dinosaur is a new version of an old theme: size doesn’t matter. But from the moment the tiny dinosaur hatches, the outcome and moral are blatantly obvious. Although Michael foreman is a two-time winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, (the U.K.’s version of the Caldecott.) and possesses an impressive list of outstanding work, this is not his best. Still, don’t count him out; this veteran illustrator probably has more – and better - up his sleeve.

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