Norman’s First Day at Dino Day Care
Have courage, little dinosaur!
It’s Norman’s first day at Dino Day Care. Who wouldn’t be nervous? First, Norman does what he does best: he makes himself invisible. But eventually he manages to find his courage—with a little help from a new friend and just a hint of magic.
Sean Julian playfully reminds us that it’s okay to be shy. Everybody is different—and that’s a good thing. Perfect for kindergartens!
Julian’s small, diverse groups of fetchingly drawn dino-tots happily stacking rocks outdoors or engaged in other social activities inside beneath the pterodactyl teacher’s calm but watchful eyes (and also a wall poster wordlessly promoting the notion of evolution) promise a reassuringly positive experience.
This charming picture book presents shyness as a special part of one’s identity—and one that can confer benefits... The illustrations’ warm pastels, childlike dinosaurs, and clever blending of Mesozoic features with a contemporary day care make the point that this world is both familiar and strange, as it might feel to any child starting school.
Norman’s First Day at Dino Day Care is a much-needed rejoinder to the well-intentioned advice “don’t be shy.” This gentle tale suggests an alternative approach: learning to recognize and accept who you are, while also discovering how to use those qualities to be part of a team.