A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kids see the difference between a tyrannosaurus rex, a stegosaurus, and a pterodactyl (although they are not identified as such in the text).
Don't let your physical limitations stand in your way. When your friend is sad, it's good to comfort him to help him feel better. Even if you can't do one thing, there are many other things you do well. Even if you're tiny, you can have a big heart. "To do the impossible, you must plan and practice."
Positive Role Models
Tiny goes out of his way for his friend, displaying empathy, compassion, kindness, selflessness. His family members are loving and try to be helpful with their advice. His mom is especially supportive.
Violence & Scariness
Tiny hugs a cactus and comes away with cactus needles stuck all over him. He falls from a pterodactyl in flight but lands safely on Point's head.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug, by Jonathan Stutzman and illustrated by Jay Fleck, is the story of a small tyrannosaurus rex named Tiny who wants to comfort his best friend, Pointy, a stegosaurus, when he's sad. But Tiny is so little, and his arms are so little, he can't manage to deliver a hug. He practices, seeks advice from relatives, and finally finds a way in this sweet friendship tale.
Is It Any Good?
This sweet friendship story shows a little dinosaur going to great lengths to hug his best friend even though his tiny arms make it almost impossible. Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug shows a kid motivated by empathy to make every effort to cheer up his sad pal. It also shows someone determined to not let his physical limitations hold him back, which is a great model for kids.
Author Jonathan Stutzman's text is simple and engaging, and Jay Fleck's super cute, cartoon-like illustrations help kids grasp every emotional moment and plot turn in the story.
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