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Dino Deegan and the Unpleasant Class

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Cute story about inclusion, bulling and empathy. Deegan's tale is a tool to discuss these subjects with children.

Synopsis

Dino Deegan loves climbing Mount Berzerk, but he’s left
out of games because he’s different from other dinosaurs at
school. Cass, the new kid at school, befriends Dino Deegan
until class bullies step in to deter her. Join Dino Deegan and
Cass on a Paleolithic adventure as they take down bullying
one act of kindness at a time.

Dino Deegan is lonely as his classmates are afraid of his sharp claws. He is really sad and asks his mom for advice. Nothing seems to work and he is always playing by himself or just watching others have fun in groups.


When Cass joins the class, things start to change. She is not scared of Deegan's claws and she really wants to be his friend. Cass decides to talk to all classmates and make them understand that, together they can find a solution to include their Dino friend, instead of teasing him and making him feel as if he does not belong. The smart girl shows that the fear of what is different in others shouldn't (mustn't!) stop us from getting to know them and including them.


This is a cute story about being different, bulling, inclusion, empathy and friendship. It can be used as a tool for discussion with children during read aloud/circle time, or at home.


The choice of a rhyme format did not always work well due to some word choices and sentences structure. At times the rhythm was not ideal for a reading aloud, or for less experienced readers. The llustrations are colourful and engaging.


Recommended for ages 3 years and older. A good choice for circle time during the first week back at school!

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Synopsis

Dino Deegan loves climbing Mount Berzerk, but he’s left
out of games because he’s different from other dinosaurs at
school. Cass, the new kid at school, befriends Dino Deegan
until class bullies step in to deter her. Join Dino Deegan and
Cass on a Paleolithic adventure as they take down bullying
one act of kindness at a time.

About the author

San Jose transplant via San Diego. I spent ten years in Social Work helping foster youth and homeless veterans. I enjoy traveling with my two children and exploring new activities. I frequent baseball and hockey games when my teams are in town (Go Cubs and Blackhawks!). view profile

Published on September 22, 2020

0-1000 words

Genre: Children's Picture Books

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