Summary: Our family LOVES all things Curious George! We enjoyed the movies, really liked the PBS series, and absolutely love the books. Today was “Dinosaur Day” at our Vacation Bible School, so I checked out this book to read to the toddler/preschool class that I was teaching. Curious George’s Dinosaur Discovery is short and entertaining with simple, colorful illustrations. The kids enjoyed anticipating George’s next trouble in his adventure and I appreciated that I did not feel the need to skip over parts of the book or change wording to make it fit the true story of dinosaurs.
Pros: A book about dinosaurs that leaves out the controversial “science.” Simple, entertaining, colorful.
Age Range: 2-7 years
☆☆☆☆1/2 of 5
Recently my older girls have been enjoying the Berenstain Bears books. With over 30 books by the Berenstains, there are plenty to choose from and each has a slightly different flavor. The illustrations are clear, complex but not cluttered, and colorful. The stories are always family-friendly, usually having at least one teaching point helpful for preschoolers or grade-schoolers. This specific book involved a mystery which the family solved with a little help. I liked the critical thinking skills encouraged in the book and the steps taken to reach the conclusion. Lessons learned include thinking before acting and that things may not always be what they seem. The only drawback in my mind, as with many of the Berenstein Bears books, is that Papa Bear is portrayed as simple and blundering. I find that it is easy to love, but not respect Papa Bear. Overall a fun book with good lessons.
☆☆☆1/2 out of 5