If you follow my blog, you are well aware that my oldest son has been obsessed with dinosaurs since he was two. They were first refered to as long-necks, club-tails, and sharp-tooths, just like in The Land Before Time. Shortly after the obsession began he starting learning to say the real dinosaur names. He would get dinosaur encyclopedias as birthday presents at the age three. Books upon books started to fill up the shelves, and of course, he would expect us to read these books to him. I recall one of our first dinosaur book endeavors and my tongue was twisted trying to pronounce the names. Moms, I know you’ve been there. Saying it ever so slowly, on syllable at a time till the name is butchered and your child asks, “what was that mom?”
We ended up finding the answer to our problem. Oh Say Can You Say Dinosaur by Bonnie Worth. It is part of the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library.
This book was a godsend. Step into the Cat in the Hat’s Super Dino Museum and learn the correct way to pronounce the names of the dinosaurs. Learn the particulars of what made each dinosaur unique while enjoying the rhyming and rhythmic pattern associated with the Cat in the Hat. We now know how you say Maiasaura and Archaeopteryx with smoothness and ease…And too hear your little one say such big words is adorable.