Dinosaur Name Poems/Poemas De Nombres De Dinosaurios (English and Spanish Edition)
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Dinosaur Name Poems/Poemas De Nombres De Dinosaurios (English and Spanish Edition)

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72 Pages, Paperback
Release Date: 05/01/2009

30 poems that will encourage in any child a love of language.

This bilingual (English/Spanish) book received rare distinction from Cornell University’s Paleontological Research Institution for its content and illustration accuracy, and received two 2009 Moonbeam Awards in the Children’s Poetry and Spanish Language categories.

Tackling dinosaurs from A (Allosaurus) to V (Velociraptor), each poem plays on the meaning of the ancient animal's name. The richly hued watercolor collages delight, and the bilingual glossary of technical terms and prehistoric creatures is sure to satisfy the inquisitive nature so many children bring to learning about these beloved creatures. 

This book is intended for a wide age range: children as young as 3 to 4 years old will love the pictures and the rhyme and rhythm, while 11- to 12-year-olds can appreciate the more subtle plays on words; adults who want to enjoy some fun reading or brush up on their Spanish will also profitably read this book.


Dr. Steven Clark Cunningham was born in Denver, Colorado. After graduating from Creighton University with majors in chemistry and Spanish, he attended medical school at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Having finished his residency in general surgery at the University of Maryland and a fellowship in surgery of the liver and pancreas at Johns Hopkins University, he currently works as Director of Pancreatic and Hepatobiliary Surgery and Director of Research at Saint Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, MD.  He has served as a contributing editor of Maryland Poetry Review and his poems have appeared in that journal. In addition, his work won both the literary arts contest sponsored by the magazine The New Physician and the chapbook contest sponsored by the Maryland State Poetry and Literary Society. His poems have also appeared in Chimeras, WordHouse Baltimore’s Literary Calendar, and in the anthologies Function at the Junction #2, Pasta Poetics, and Poems for Chromosomes. Dinosaur Name Poems (Three Conditions Press, 2009), his first full-length book of children’s poetry, won the 2009 Moonbeam Award in both the Children’s Poetry and the Spanish Language categories.  His book, Your Body Sick and Well: How Do You Know? won several awards, including 1st Place in the CIPA EVVY Awards Contest, the Gold Medal Moonbeam Award and Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards.
Valeska Maria Populoh grew up in a small town in Germany, immersed in storytelling and rituals. Tales of saints wafting through plumes of smoke in the cathedral blended together with mesmerizing puppet shows beamed in from Poland and the folktales her mother read to her from thick, brown tomes.  The calendar was filled with community celebrations – lantern processions on St. Martin’s Day, annual eruptions of color and costume for Carnival…  Her childhood was imbued with richness and color.  When she moved to America as a young girl, she tumbled headlong into that perplexing terrain of not speaking a language and so improvising pantomime to communicate. Her best tools were picture books and a sticker album her teacher made for her, in which she recorded the words she learned. Art, music and gym class were her solace. From this grew a strong and abiding fascination with language, the power of the body and images to communicate without words, and a sensitivity to feelings of otherness, and the value of community. After years of nomadism, both geographic and professional, she now reside in Baltimore, Maryland, engaged in the community as a puppeteer, performer, artist, and teacher.  Making art and illustrating dinosaurs is one part of this life, dedicated to celebrating creativity, making joyful, enriching and colorful experiences available and accessible to others, and supporting youth in their endeavor to find their own creative voice.
Dr. Myriam Gorospe was born in San Sebastian (Donostia), Spain.  She received her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Albany.  She completed her postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health, where she studies genes (some of  the same genes that dinosaurs might have had!).  She has broad experience translating between English and Spanish, ranging from scientific and technical documents to poetry and literature.


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