Today we are providing a book review for a wonderful and useful book entitled, “Can You Drink a Dinosaur?” It was developed by a skilled Speech-Language Pathologist named, Cara Tambellini Danielson. This book is recommended for Speech-Language Pathologists and parents of children developing their own first words. It can be found at Amazon and it is currently on sale for $10.99.
The book is illustrated by Cara’s talented mother, Mary Tambellini. The illustrations in the entire book are engaging and adorable. Here are examples of some of the pages inside the book:
This is a picture of my computer screen. I was reading the book to a student during our speech teletherapy session last week. The student loved the book and as a result, asked me to read it to him more than three times! He didn’t seem to tire of the cute pictures and story, which was awesome, but most importantly, he was provided with the opportunity to practice his American Sign Language signs for “yes” and “no” several times and also the opportunity to utilize his Speech Generating Device to answer the “yes” and “no” questions. He advanced in his “yes” and “no” response accuracy due to our speech therapy session that only utilized this book!
In the beginning of the book there is message from Cara. She states, “I developed this book to get kids talking and thinking! With this book, children learn to answer questions, think critically about scenarios, and practice speaking in sentences. Children love answering the yes and no questions in this book. The predictable format allows for success (the first answer is always NO and the second is always YES). After reading this book several times with your child, you can have them practice answering the questions on their own. Even if your child answers YES when the answer should be NO, that is an opportunity for a fun dialogue between the reader and the child (e.g. What?! I can throw an elephant? Okay I will try- too heavy!) For children who aren’t yet speaking in sentences, the last sentence of each page is an opportunity for them to practice their language skills. You can have your child repeat the last sentence or pause after saying “yes” and let your child “fill in” the last sentence on their own. I hope you enjoy reading this book with your child!”
I too, saw the many benefits and opportunities for speech and language development by reading this book to other students on my caseload. With one student, I asked her to answer “yes” or “no” and then explain why. We had such a fun and thought provoking session together! With another student I had him practice his oral reading skills by reading it back to me. He was so proud when he completed the book with only a few reading cues from me! I also saw another child with verbal apraxia benefit from the repetition in the book. She had the opportunity to practice her /Y/ and /N/ sounds several times.
As you can see, this book may be little, but it is MIGHTY! A book like this provides a tremendous amount of learning opportunities such as; vocabulary development, “yes” and “no” response advancement, receptive understanding work, reading practice, and the opportunity to target articulation of different sounds.
I highly recommended this book to be part of your reading library! It will be a wonderful edition to any parent’s or Speech-Language Pathologist’s book shelf!
A copy of this book was provided to me by, Cara Tambellini for the sake of this review. The opinions are my own and result from the direct use of the book in a therapeutic setting. Cara is generously providing a free copy to one of the readers of this review today. Thank you Cara!
4/5/2017: The giveaway has ended. Thank you all for reading the review and for leaving a comment! Congrats Madelyn!
Have a wonderful day and good luck!
Shanda Gaunt, SLP
Author bio:- Cara Tambellini Danielson is a California licensed and ASHA Certified Speech- Language Pathologist. She received her M.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern University. Cara specializes in pediatric speech and language development. She currently lives in Santa Monica, California where she works in elementary schools, early intervention, and her part-time private practice. Find her at her website caraspeechtherapy.com, or on her facebook page. Cara is also the author of another wonderful and useful book entitled Easy to Say First Words: A Focus on Final Consonants. A review of it is here from Twin Speech. It is currently on sale at Amazon for 10.99.