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People in general, and children in particular, fear what is different. Deborah Dolan Hunt deals with this social dilemma in No Dinosaurs Allowed. Bobby has a pet dinosaur named Teddy. Of course, a dinosaur is different than all Bobby’s other friends. When Bobby and Teddy try to attend a birthday party to which Bobby was invited, they are rejected. Unfortunately, this is not the only rejection Teddy faces. After several more, Teddy is finally accepted when the other kids decide he will make a great friend. Through this experience, Teddy gains the confidence to start making friends with others. He learns that rejection sometimes has a good foundation. Through the adventures of Bobby and Teddy, a child can learn that rejection may be based on other factors. This book shows how to change rejection into acceptance.
Have your children ever faced rejection? If so, it was probably based on being different. For example, children reject other children who are fatter, slimmer, taller, shorter, talk differently, or similar. Bobby and Teddy learn that one way to overcome discrimination is by making new friends. In No Dinosaurs Allowed, Deborah Dolan Hunt uses Teddy as an example of someone being different. The rejection is turned to acceptance when Bobby shows that his friend is fun to play with. Once Teddy was accepted by children in the new group, that approval grew and Teddy became popular. As a parent, you can use this book to open discussions about being different and how to work through the social wrongs of discrimination. Pull your children onto your lap and read this story with them. While reading to or with your children, point out how Teddy accepted rejection and then turned it into acceptance.