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The map and a drawing of all the characters satisfied my 8 year old - the story was so great that with more illustrations like the cover it would be a family book for ages 3 to 9. The author has a terrific page on the internet with all sorts of study guides and information for the parent or teacher.
This is the setup from the author's page: Dinosaurs *disappeared* from the earth 65 million years ago. People *appeared* on the earth only about 2 million years ago. As you can see, dinosaurs and humans never lived at the same time. The story about Miggy and Stone and their friends is fantasy. It's "imagined historical fiction." The Rocky Creek Kids' story answers the question "What if?" What if people and dinosaurs HAD lived at the same time? What if their lives were more similar to ours than we ever imagined?
Miggy's family lives in a cave near Rocky Creek Triassic Forest. An apple tree sits near the fire pit and that is where you'll find Bird, her pet pterodactyl. Miggy's mom makes baskets and her father makes tools and weapons for hunting.
Toad is Miggy's baby brother. Miggy has to help her mom keep an eye on him because he can zip off faster than a baby rabbit. He doesn't do much else except draw on the walls of the cave.
Stone is Miggy's oldest friend. He and Miggy have fun exploring Rocky Creek. In the summers, Stone and his family move to a colder climate to hunt game. In the fall, they always return to Rocky Creek and the Clan.
Woolly is the strongest and fastest of the group. If only his courage was as strong and fast as he is! His father, Old Tanner, makes musical instruments. Woolly knows how to play them all.
Twig is a daredevil. She is the first one to lead when the group is in scary territory. Plus, she has the best shriek Miggy has ever heard. A superb shriek. It's the best warning in the forest that trouble lies ahead.
Willow and Crow are brother and sister. Their father is Mayor Magnon. Willow is the fashionista of the group. Crow is very shy and always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. But he also tells the best jokes.
First off, ... dinosaurs and humans never roamed the earth at the same time. And of course, this books premise is that the kids are running around with T Rex, Velociraptors, and other dinosaurs.
But if we can grant the author that one conceit, it sure is fun to read about a world with kids and dinosaurs. And maybe better than reading about magic. Well, there is magic in this book too.
So you get the point, this book is just for fun and has no scientific accuracy. And thats fine because its fine for all the books about fairies aren't scientifically accurate either. (queue the influx of hate mail from fairy lovers...)
Anyway I found the book to be a nice fun read. It has big print, and only about 80 pages, making it just about right for one of my younger readers. Some of the chapters are as short as 3 pages. Its very well crafted for younger readers.
I enjoyed reading the book out loud to my 3 kids during a car ride. The kids in the book are all nice, and there is some mild drama provided by threatening dinosaurs. In the end, Miggy (the protagonist), makes some hard choices that will benefit the whole community. So it has a good lesson at the end: the book actually has some moral fiber to it. Kudos for that, because it doesn't come across as being preachy at all.
Overall I think it is a good book to give a child. Easy to read, and a fun topic.
The story is a fun one and a pretty easy read, in my opinion. I didn't think any of the vocabulary words would be too challenging for a child ages 6 and up. My daughter age 5 and 1/2 is a beginning reader so we read the book to her. But no doubt in a few more months, she'd be able to read it just fine on her own.
This story takes children into the world of the dinosaurs! We follow the adventures of a young cave girl named Miggy. She discovers a magical stone that has the power to grant wishes but she can't tell anyone about it! Kids that read through the story will learn about selflessness, family ties, and much more.
The are seventeen chapters which span over eighty pages (the text is large so the book isn't huge as you may be thinking!). Before readers start reading the story, they'll come across a page of character illustrations. This gives readers a general idea of exactly how the author intended the characters in the story to look. This was a good idea because not a whole lot of the characters physical appearance in detail was given. Following the character illustration double spread, there's an illustration of a map of the area of where story takes place. My daughter really enjoyed exploring every inch of the map!
I would recommend checking out this book for either a boy or girl that's interested in starting to read chapter books! Five stars!
Miggy's friends have just returned to the Clan of cavemen after being away during the warm months. They're all desperate to be the first to see the rare Spinosaurus. Even though it's a very dangerous dinosaur!
Miggy discovers a magical dragon stone. A dragon stone can grant its owner wishes, BUT only if it remains a secret.
Both of these plots end up coming together at the conclusion. In the meantime, Miggy is really good at using her wishes selflessly. But there's one wish she has--can she use it and still help save the Clan?
Unlike in the timeless tales where someone has a lucky penny, stone, etc. and it turns out it's not really magical, the dragon stone really IS magical, and the way that Miggy deals with its power is a good message for kids.
The only thing slightly negative I can say about the book is that it would have been enhanced with illustrations similar to the cute one on the cover. There are little vignettes on the top of chapter openings, but they repeat.
This is an enjoyable little story of a young cave girl's efforts to see a rare beast. Along the way she recovers a magical stone with wish granting properties. While she and her friends dodge hungry dinosaurs, her family and the rest of the clan are preparing for a festival. Instead of using the dragon stone for selfish purposes, she uses it for the common good.
The story and illustrations are very cute. There are a number of characters and a map highlighting the different locations. Most little kids are fascinated by dinosaurs and the action here is mild. Most will relate to the domestic situations and interactions between friends. It is a silly adventure, more likely to amuse than scare. Easy and appropriate, it is fun for the little ones. Recommended.