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Danny and the Dinosaur is a nice story about a boy who visits a museum. He sees, guns and swords, Indians and Eskimos, but it is the dinosaurs that catch his interest. Like many children, Danny wishes he could see a real one, and play with one. To Danny's surprise, one of the dinsaurs replies that he would like to play with Danny too. They leave the museum and have a wonderful day. They go to a baseball game, the zoo and Danny's neighbourhood, where the dinosaur gives all the children a ride on his back. The dinosaur is also very helpful with everyone he meets. At last the day draws to an end and the dinosaur must return to his place in the museum, but as Danny says, they "did have a wonderful day".
This book is part of the "I Can Read Book" series that started in 1957 as a request from a librarian to a friend in a publishing office for books children could read themselves. The whole series is graded for reading level, and this, as a level one book is quite easy for beginning readers. It primarily uses common words which will be familiar to the beginning reader, as well as some repetition. It still maintains the story well though, and reads well as a bedtime story as well, rather than just a learn to read book.
I ordered this book for my sons because I remembered reading it myself as a child. I can remember the feeling of accomplishment at being able to read stories like this, as well as enjoying the story itself. My son, who is only just 5 is not quite able to read this on his own yet, but he has still enjoyed it as a storybook. I would guess he'll be reading it alone in the fall.
I don't remember the illustrations being so colourful when I was young. I could be wrong, but the publishers may have added colour. The drawings themselves are definately the same though, and while relatively simple are very enjoyable and add to the attraction of this book.