Always safe, never sorry, in playtime and fun, our dinosaur knows how to dial 9-1-1.
Diplodocus and Stegosaurus and Iguanodon stared at their friend.
“Maybe next Halloween…” said Diplodocus.
“Instead of wearing a VERY BIG FROWN…” said Stegosaurus.
“You should wear that VERY BIG SMILE!” said Iguanodon.
“Now that would be scary!” The three friends said.
T. Rex said he would think about it.
“A dinosaur’s a kid’s best friend. But hide-and-seek is hard!”
–Have You Seen My Dinosaur? by Jon Surgal
This is a fun story and a good discussion starter for kids dealing with bullying. The solution presented is based in being friends with a dinosaur that is much larger than the bully. While finding a bigger and stronger friend to protect you is not always the best way to address threatening behavior, finding friends and/or allies can be crucial. And, in many cases, those allies are like the super big dinosaur in this book – directly under foot but, for whatever reason, not yet noticed.
“I WANT THE JELLY BEANS!”
“You can shout as much as you like,” said Jackson, “but my friend can shout louder.”
…Snap! “Now do you believe that my friend can eat show-offs for breakfast?” asked Jackson….Jackson giggled. “Don’t worry. He could eat you, but he won’t!”
–The Really, Really, Really BIG Dinosaur, by Richard Byrne
“Can’t you come and stay with me?” said Danny. “We could have fun.”
“No ,” said the dinosaur. “I’ve had a good time – the best I’ve had in a hundred million years. But now I must get back to the museum. They need me there.”
“Oh,” said Danny. “Well, goodbye.”
Danny watched until the long tail was out of sight. Then he went home alone.
–Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
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