Linda Martin lives in Colorado Springs, likes crossword puzzles, gourmet food, and antique books and things. This is her first children's book, and she says it was lots of fun to do, but now she is anxious to get started on book number two.
PreS-K-Two dinosaur siblings "wash behind their ears and scales," dress "nicely," eat a "healthy" breakfast, and are ready for a "very happy" ride on the bus. At school, they have spelling lessons, read, paint, exercise, and play on the dino-slide. Their day is described in relentlessly cheerful verse until the final page: "Dinosaurs all say goodbye,/and soon they're on their way./But they'll be back tomorrow,/for another fun-filled day!" The siblings have no personalities and they encounter no challenges. The cartoonlike illustrations-a combination of watercolors, acrylics, and pen and ink-are cheerful too, filled with smiling teachers and busy children. While the book may help preschoolers develop a positive attitude as they look ahead to kindergarten, some may find this idealized school with its swimming pool, music lessons, and lunch served from a table covered in white linen quite different from their own.-Adele Greenlee, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.