Monday, October 10, 2016

Fall Reading 2016 I Want That Love


There is a scene in the move "Beastly" during which Kyle tells Lindy about a film he saw at the zoo when he was a child. It told the story of a mother elephant who lost her calf to illness, and later found his bones and mourned over them. "Can you imagine that love?" Kyle asks. When I saw the title for this book, I immediately thought of that scene. And it turns out that there is a similarity. Both stories deal with the transformative power of love. 

In this latest book from Tatsuya Miyanishi, a Tyrannosaurus believes that power and strength mean everything. His belief is reinforced by the way all the other dinosaurs let him do whatever he likes and hide from him in fear. But one day he meets a baby Triceratops who doesn't recognize him and treats him kindly. This new experience starts a change in the T-rex, a change for the better. Years later, when that little Triceratops is a father and has little dinosaurs of his own, he tells them the lesson he learned from that Tyrannosaurus - "Love is stronger than violence." And one of the kids says, "Will you give me that love? I want that love."

Children who love dinosaurs may enjoy the stories for the characters alone, but adults will be glad to see the life lessons that are gently conveyed in each of the books in this series. Even for young readers who are not dino fans, the illustrations are colorful, and the sound effects are fun - chomp, crack, snap! Highly recommended for all ages.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

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