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Am I Yours? Paperback – 7 Jun 2018
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A rhythmic, rhyming story about dinosaurs.
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In this delightful picture book, an egg has fallen out of a nest and lost its way. It is pretty sure it’s a dinosaur, but it doesn’t know what kind – so it asks for help (the titular “Am I yours?”). Along its journey the egg meets all kinds of dinosaurs – from the Tyrannosaurus Rex to the Brachiosaurus, to Triceratops! Finally, with help from new friends the egg is identified and returned to the correct nest – just in time to hatch.
This picture book is beautifully done. The illustrations in vivid pencil and finished digitally are very appealing, and the text is both familiar-fun (rhyming, options for lots of voices!) and scientifically accurate (proper dinosaur names included as a matter of course). The pacing is spot-on, and while there are lots of repeated “Am I yours?” questions throughout to make an impression on younger readers, there aren’t so many as to make adult readers weary. Another highlight: as each type of dinosaur is eliminated there are identifying details shared, so readers learn about the characteristics that make each kind of dinosaur unique.
There’s also a possible classroom science experiment tie-in, as the baby dinosaur is finally identified by light shining through its eggshell. I’ve seen lesson plans that incorporate doing this with chicken eggs, and Am I Yours? could work well as a read along for a unit of that nature.
Am I Yours? will appeal to dinosaur-obsessed kids and parents who haven’t outgrown their dinosaur days yet (who has with a new Jurassic Park film every couple of years?!), little ones with questions about family and how they fit into it, and anyone looking for a well-paced rhyming read that doesn’t condescend to readers, no matter how young. I can see it being adapted to board book form at some point as well.
In all, Am I Yours? is sure to be a hit with the 3-6 year-old set, especially during any storytime!
Recommended for fans of The Pout-Pout Fish and Are You My Mother?, and anyone looking for a fun, rhyming picture book for read aloud storytime.
At the beginning of the book, an egg is blown off of its nest and rolls down a hill, to come to rest in the middle of a field of various dinosaurs. All day long, the egg searches for its parents, asking, “Excuse me, please, but am I yours? I’m sure I am a dinosaur’s!” Various dinosaurs come to help — and as an added bonus, we learn a little bit about the varying anatomy of each dinosaur. In the end, the group of dinosaurs trying to help realizes to whom this egg belongs and gently takes him where his parents will find him.
The story reads easily, with rhythm and rhyme that feel natural. The illustrations are colorful, but not too busy, making it easy to focus on the important aspects of each scene. And all of the dinosaurs are gentle and caring towards the tiny egg, even the usually scary tyrannosaurus rex!
As an added bonus, this is a dinosaur story that can be enjoyed by children who don’t love dinosaurs. My non-dinosaur-loving girls, wages 5 and 2.5, enjoyed this story, eagerly waiting to see if the egg would find its parents.
Releasing today, September 1, 2018. Thank you to Peachtree Publishers and Netgalley for allowing me to review this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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The bright, cheery illustrations and poetic verses will engage your child and become a family favorite which you'll happily return to time and again! #AmIyours? #NetGalley