By Dottie Dewberry
For the WPT
There is nothing like the sound of happy children laughing, squealing and jabbering away to anyone that will listen. With the sun shining, the Maben Library had a full house of kids complete with tagalong mothers on Feb. 28.
Ms. Mary chose toread a DK Reader called “Dinosaur Dinners.” All good books pique a child’s interest with fabulous pictures. Soon Ms. Mary had the kids answering questions about what dinosaurs eat. It was especially interesting to see the big teeth for eating plants as well as meat, the body armor, spikes and lashing tails for defense, big eyes for spotting prey, and quick feet for running.
Throughout the book were facts about survival, food sources and body descriptions that help with their survival. It was interesting to know that these giants among all animals lay eggs and hatch their young. The children soon were on their feet and up close to the book so they could take it all in: teeth, tails, feet, long necks, spikes, horns, claws, studs and head crests.
After the story Ms. Mary had the children working in their booklets of dinosaurs that she had prepared. These booklets helped the kids with colors. Each dinosaur was colored a different color.
The best part of story hour is always the Play-Doh. Out came the dough and the big bin of cookie cutters in every shape under the sun. Where some kids like to cut shapes, some like to roll worms, some like to cut with scissors and some just like to poke stuff in the dough. This is great hands-on activity. It amazingly enough at time keeps them occupied for a few minutes.
Alas time was up, books were checked out, and kids and mammas in tow left for home.
Note: “Dinosaur Readers” is for beginning readers, which has beautiful illustrations and full-color pictures. In addition to that, the difficult words come with a pronunciation key.