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Kids Fiction 525
picture book to help children with troubled goodbyes
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HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY GOODBYE? is an intriguing installment in the How Do Dinosaurs series. Do they hide in their bedroom with a stomachache because they don't want to go to school without their mothers? Do they grab at Dad's coat when he leaves for work and leave a sad note in his pocket? No, they tell grown-ups how they feel and face their fears.

What I loved: This would be a great book for children who have intense goodbyes and fears of being away from parents that helps them to put into words better ways to say goodbye. The illustrations, as per all the books in this series, are fantastic with detailed dinosaurs (who are also labeled) and their human parents. The rhyming text will definitely appeal to young picture book readers.

What left me wanting more: This is certainly a difficult topic, and it can be tough to read about for sensitive children. I found some of the questions to be a bit harsh, as they did not seem like such terrible things. For instance, the one who was crying could be showing an appropriate emotion in some situations, and school can be scary! Crying can be an emotion that is OK to express. Leaving Dad a note that says I miss you in his pocket also seemed more sweet than inappropriate (or maybe it was just supposed to be the tugging on his jacket that was wrong?). I was not sure how I felt about some of the intended bad examples, as they did not always seem so inappropriate. I did agree with the ways that it ends with showing as good ways to handle though.

Final verdict: The great illustrations and rhyming phrases of HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY GOODBYE? will help little ones who need assistance with troubled partings. I would recommend this in cases where that specific help is needed.
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