Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

The Littlest Dinosaur

The Littlest Dinosaur

Michael Foreman
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Walker Books, 2008   ISBN: 978-0802797599

There once was a mother dinosaur who had a clutch of eggs. After being carefully tended for a while, all of the eggs except one hatched. The mother dinosaur worried and fussed over the egg but nothing happened. Finally the father dinosaur yelled at the egg and it hatched. Inside the egg there was a tiny baby, the smallest baby dinosaur anyone had ever seen.

It was not easy being the smallest, and the situation did not get any better with the passage of time either, for the littlest dinosaur did not grow. He could not play with his siblings because they might step on him and squash him flat. Not being able to participate in their games, the littlest dinosaur often spent time on a hill looking down. From his vantage point he could see that another dinosaur sat on another hill. It was a huge Long Neck and it looked sad. Why, the littlest dinosaur wondered, would a ""dinosaur that big"" be sad.

In this heartwarming and meaningful picture book Michael Foreman shows his readers that everyone is capable of doing something important. It does not matter how big or little we are, we all have something to contribute and to offer others. Young children who think that they cannot possibly be of use to anyone will see, as they read this story, that even a tiny young dinosaur can do great things.