Alert: May bring some tears and fill your hearts with lots of love!
This is such a heartwarming bookset! The topic of dinosaurs may draw many boys in, but the messages of love, friendship, and family togetherness are timeless and suitable for everyone.
A great tool to nurture kindness and loyalty in our kids.
Admittedly, the illustration style did not appeal to me at first, but since the boys got excited about it and pestered me to read, we just gave it a try, no harm right? Boy, was I blown away.
Titles included in set
Synopsis of 你看起来好像很好吃, sample of other storylines:
One day, a baby Ankylosaurus was born. It was alone and afraid, then started crying. Along came a mighty Tyrannosaurus, saying “嘿嘿嘿嘿，你看起来好像很好吃。”, almost wanting to eat it up. To his surprise, the little Ankylosaurus calls him “爸爸！” and said “嗯，你说‘你看起来很好吃’。我的名字就叫‘很好吃’嘛。”, tugging at his heartstrings. Their relationship changed from predator-prey to father-son in an instant. The Tyrannosaurus even got injured while fending off other carnivorous dinosaurs who wanted to eat the little one up. The next morning, the little Ankylosaurus was missing when Tyrannosaurus woke up, and he got so worried for his safety - turns out the little guy went to fetch some red fruit from the mountains for Papa to eat. There came one day, when it seems the Tyrannosaurus found the Ankylosaurus herd. Papa had to say goodbye to the little one, so it could return to its real family.
Recommended for Ages: 3-12
Language: Simplified Chinese
Translated from: Japanese
Translated by: 杨文
My daughter loves this series and I enjoy learning the names of different dinosaurs with her. The stories are beautifully told and as she grows up, I think she will appreciate them even more. Themes like love and loss, told in simple ways. She is 4 now and this series really supports Chinese learning, especially since she’s more comfortable in English.
These books aren’t your typical dinosaur books for boys. Yes, they have bold illustrations and dramatic plot lines, but behind this are sentimental stories which touch on the ability to love, forgive, share friendship, and be one’s true self. This group of dinosaur buddies can starve, misunderstand each other, lose their babies, and, in some cases, pass away. I especially like the “not so happily ever after” ambiguous endings which show us that in our own lives, things won’t always work out as we had hoped they would, but we can always learn from it. These books give lots of room for discussion on feelings and values, and how the endings may have ended up. They are really moving stories, so I would recommend reading them with parental guidance as they're likely to create many questions for you to field - including death, adoption, self sacrifice, etc.
Bought this book for my dinosaur loving, Mandarin learning, Indian husband. We love the graphics and the vocab is very relevant. I did not expect to feel sympathy for a cartoon dinosaur but I did...!