Published by Greystone Kids
Summary: A girl tells about her school, which has “almost nothing. A blackboard, some chairs.” What it does have is an imaginative teacher who greets them at the door every morning. On this particular day, the teacher leads them outdoors for a day of drawing. Even the twins who walk a long way and don’t like school are excited for the day’s adventure. They stop at a river, where a teacher points out a Brontosaurus! The kids are excited and start sketching it. From there, they head to a rock where the teacher spots a Triceratops and a stream with a Stegosaurus. When the sun disappears, the teacher looks up to see the Pterodactyls who are blocking it. A scary T-rex in the woods sends some of the kids scurrying back to school, but others stay and enjoy a snack on the back of an Ankylosaurus. As the girl heads home with a smile on her face, the reader can see all the dinosaurs surrounding the school in the background. 36 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: Dinosaur fans will love these illustrations and a story that celebrates the power of imagination and good teachers.
Cons: I wish we had gotten a look at some of the students’ dinosaur drawings.