Thursday, June 27, 2013

Dinosaur Train A-Z Programming Airing on PBS Kids, July 8th and 9th; Plus a Fun Book Review and #Giveaway

Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.

The Jim Henson Company and Random House Children's Books are celebrating Dinosaur Train’s "Dinosaurs A-Z" programming special on PBS KIDS on July 8 and July 9 by offering one lucky Inspired by Savannah reader a chance to win the hard covered, padded book, "Dinosaurs A-Z" for you to share with your Dinosaur Train fan. :-)

"The "Dinosaurs A-Z" special is being aired as part of PBS KIDS’ summer learning initiative, which provides families with a variety of free and educational resources to encourage young learners to continue learning and exploring over summer vacation. Research shows that students experience significant learning loss when they do not participate in educational activities during the summer months, and that loss is even greater among children in low-income communities.   This exciting initiative kicked off on June 3, and features 10-weeks of programming and partnership activities designed to inspire kids 2-8 to continue learning and exploring over summer vacation!

The "Dinosaurs A-Z" programming special airing on July 8 and July 9 encourages kids to practice the alphabet while learning about the diversity of dinosaurs.

Airing on July 8 (Check your local TV listings for specific times)

Part One: Dinosaurs A to Z The Big Idea
Part Two: Spread the Word

Airing on July 9 (Check your local TV listings for specific times)

Part Three: Dinosaurs A to Z Classification
Part Four: Dinosaurs A to Z Picnic

These fun episodes begin aboard the Dinosaur Train where Tiny gets the idea to gather all the dinosaurs in the "Dinosaurs A to Z" song for a picnic at Troodon Town. The conductor agrees, and as the Train starts picking up dinosaurs, Tiny, Buddy, Shiny and Don, help keep track of how many of the different species have come on board. They learn about classification and organize the dinosaurs by their species, features, and size. When all 26 dinosaurs finally come on board, the Train has more extra cars than ever before and they need an additional engine to help pull it! Once they arrive at Troodon Town for the picnic, Tiny leads the 26 different "A to Z" dinosaurs in a fun, rousing, and historic singing of the "Dinosaurs A to Z" song!

To celebrate, Random House Children’s Books  recently sent me a copy of “Dinosaurs A to Z” by Andrea Posner-Sanchez and illustrated by Terry Izumi to review (and giveaway).  Meet 26 dinosaurs—one for each letter of the alphabet—in this Dinosaur Train™ alphabet book where Buddy, Mr. Conductor, and the other Dinosaur Train™ characters from the hit PBS KIDS animated series introduce dinosaurs from Apatosaurus to Zigongosaurus! Young paleontologists-in-training will love learning cool facts about 26 amazing dinosaurs. This awesome non-fiction book with a sturdy padded cover makes a great gift!   Ages 3-5; SRP $11.99; 30 pages.  Available wherever books are sold!"

My Thoughts:

We received this book this AM in the mail, and the girls have already had me read it to them a handful of times.  They both giggles as we tried to pronounce the long dinosaur names.  I was surprised at how many Savannah was able to repeat back. She got excited when she saw dinosaurs that she had seen previously on the hit animated series, which airs on PBS Kids daily.  See, even girls like dinosaurs!

Like I said, even though we received this book today, it has already been read a handful of times, and I know that it will be one of those books that the girls will pick up daily to flip through, or have me read to them. I am loving the hard cover padded book as this lets even the youngest of children enjoy flipping through a book, like my 18 month old daughter, Arabella.  She feels like a big girl when she can sit down next to Savannah and read a book.  And, I don't have to worry when I hand her a hard cover that she will tear the pages, and need me to tape them back together. :-)

This is definitely a must have book for any Dinosaur Train fan to own and have in their collections.  Dinosaur fans will love learning about the different types of dinosaurs from A-Z. :-)


And that’s not all! 

You can also enjoy the Dinosaurs A to Z theme song, with over 2 million views to date, here

And use the song sheet for some helpful dinosaur name pronunciation, available here

Here’s page one of the lyric sheet:

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Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.

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