A Little Dinosaur Music
    by John Cech

October has been designated the Month of the Dinosaur, and if your family still hasn't had enough of Velociraptors and Pterodactyls at the Jurassiplexes, the video stores, and at local libraries you might want to add some new books to your list, all of them from Blackbirch Press, and all of them in oversized formats with intricate, color illustrations that are jam-packed with information -- from Dinosaurs A-Z to The End of the Dinosaurs, all by from Rupert Matthews. And if there are those in your household who would like to hear evenmore about these seemingly endlessly fascinating creatures, perhaps you might want to add a little music to heighten the ambience and evoke those misty Mesozoic mornings:

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That's the Bergman Broom Haywire Ensemble from their CD, 9 Dinosaur Songs. It's a clever, satiric take on dinosaur life that's perfect for elementary school kids who already have their bearings with the science and now are ready to play around with some of the ideas and facts that have been stomping through their imaginations. And the Ensemble won't disappoint. They've included a waltz for the bell of the ball, the Ankylosaur; a ballad about about a glasses-wearing, word-loving creature they've named the Thesaurus; and song for a poor Stegosaurus who's a little bit slow and forgetful at the grocery store. But the real show-stopper is their number about the scourge of prehistory, the Tyrannosaurus.

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The songs are a little edgy -- like John Scieska's "Stinky Cheeseman" stories. But that edginess is also what makes them so appealing. They're like the folklore that kids invent for themselves to test limits, to sharpen their wits, and to create something that is really, truly their own, from the swirling mists of every childhood.

Copyright 2003 John Cech

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