Dinosaur Adventure

A Field Trip to Remember

Children - Educational
46 Pages
Reviewed on 11/04/2020
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Author Biography

Kelly Santana-Banks is a writer of nonfiction and children’s books, and a former early childhood teacher and caregiver. When she was young, she loved to play teacher with her sister, cousins, and neighbors. As a young adult, she never considered teaching as a career, but little did she know that her childhood make-believe would pave the way to what would become her passion. With more than ten years of experience working with children—five of those years were dedicated to research in the area of child development as well as implementing best practices inside and outside of the classroom and a strong background in child development, she is an advocate for education, diversity, and inclusion. She writes fun stories to entertain and teach children as well as help parents find simple solutions for their little ones’ lives and make their world a better place.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Dinosaur Adventure: A Field Trip to Remember is a children’s educational storybook written by Kelly Santana Banks and illustrated by Dipali Dutta. What could be more exciting than going on a field trip to the dinosaur museum? Once the class got there, Miss Gina separated her students into groups by color and proceeded to take her group, the Blue shoes team, on the tour. The museum guide showed them the Ankylosaurus first. Everyone marveled at the spikes adorning its back and were amazed to learn that those spikes were actually plates of bone. Rose was as impressed as her classmates, but what she really wanted to see more than anything else was the T-Rex. When would they get to see it? Miss Gina understood Rose’s excitement, but there were other exhibits for them to see first, like the Triceratops and a few other dinosaurs the class didn’t even know had ever existed. There was so much to explore and learn about at the museum, and yes, the class did get to see the T-Rex -- and it was everything they had hoped it would be.

Kelly Santana Banks’ Dinosaur Adventure introduces young readers to dinosaurs of all types while it enhances their vocabulary. Laced throughout the story are words highlighted in bold red lettering which can be read about in the section titled Language Arts Enrichment in the back of the book. The author also includes even more Fun Facts about the dinosaurs discussed in the book. Banks’ story entertains as it educates. I enjoyed reading it and discovered there were a few dinosaurs I hadn’t known about -- and do now. Dipali Dutta’s illustrations work perfectly with the text and make the museum and each dinosaur exhibit Miss Gina’s class visits come alive. Dinosaur Adventure: A Field Trip to Remember is most highly recommended.