Aug 9, 2011

Drumheller Dinosaur Dance

I moved schools a few times when I was a kid. It always seemed like I changed schools at just the wrong time, and always missed the science field trip. I've never been to Head Smashed-in Buffalo Jump, Drumheller, the Badlands, or even the Royal Tyrell Museum.

And now I feel mad about it! Drumheller looks so cool, what with dinosaurs skeletons getting up and about and making music and dancing to their prehistoric rhythms every night!

We read the Drumheller Dinosaur Dance, by Robert Heidbreder, illustrated by Bill Slavin and Esperanca Melo. (US/CAN/JP)

Spinky loved this book. It had dinosaurs, night-darkened illustrations, bones, and rhymes, all of which he loves.

Domba loved this book for the music and dancing. She made her own dinosaur dance, if dinos danced in diapers. She liked the dinosaurs' drums, which look to be similar to those of ancient first nations' culture, but are very similar to the wrapping of skin found in Japanese wadaiko.

I loved it too. How can you not love a picture book that has the word transmogrify?

This is my 6th book for the 5th Canadian Book Challenge.


  1. Drumheller is a really interesting place. When you make it back this way, you really ought to go.

  2. Definitely! I can't wait to take my kids.

    John, I was wondering what you thought of this book, I know it's not your favourite.

  3. Well, I preface this by saying I'm glad you enjoyed it. But since you asked:

  4. Those are some field trips I do plan to make next trip west.

  5. I remember having this one home from the library when my children were younger, my eldest daughter was especially taken with dinosaurs at the time.


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