Parker's Place

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Lately I have been searching through piles and piles of picture books in search of childhood.  So I am beyond delighted to tell you... yayyyyy...I found childhood ... it's here in this story and these ILLUSTRATIONS in this charming dinosaur tale (tail).

Parker, clearly a dino with a dream- he has always wanted to live on a farm.  (The Cows Who Type will appreciate his friendship and be thrilled to see a new farm member.)  Parker arrives at said farm armed with a manual titled FARM LIVING.  He is ready to join in do his part to become a farm animal.

The resident animals are quick to inform him he will need to do a job here on his newly found farm.  But....ahhh....yes....what job will a dino named Parker do on this farm filled with cows, sheep, horses, chickens, pigs, cats- the usual suspects?

Lucky us.  We get to go along for the adventure as Parker tries on egg-laying, etc.  Most 4 and 5 year old boys will greatly appreciate the egg-laying page as it could easily be misconstrued with great delight in another direction entirely- a most satisfactory direction for these listeners.

This is childhood. It's fun.  It's got farm animals. It's got a dino - I believe him to be a turquoise T-Rex - and it's hilarious.  Yes, he is looking to belong and fit in.  But, golly gee, who isn't?

32 pages                        978-0358683391                         Ages 3-7

Keywords: humor, fun, dinosaur, farm, farm animals, fitting in, belonging, great read aloud, 3 year old, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge,


Parker the T-Rex tries to fit in on a friendly farm, even though there are no jobs that seem suitable for a dinosaur . . . it will take a lot of work—and a lot of laughs—before Parker can find his place in this sweet barnyard tale. A funny read-aloud that’s perfect for fans of We Don’t Eat Our Classmates and Tiny T Rex.

In order to fit in at the farm, Parker has to pull his weight - but he can’t lay eggs or give milk. Maybe the farmer’s chores will be better-suited to Parker’s strengths . . . if only he weren’t so big and clumsy! But might some farm animals know exactly where Parker’s place is?

This silly and sweet barnyard tale with a well-meaning dinosaur will have readers laughing and also considering what it means to belong.---from the publisher

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