From the heritage of Danny the Dinosaur, Edwina is the dinosaur who everyone loves having around.  She plays, helps, and bakes chocolate chip cookies for everyone (who could resist?).  Mo Willems captures the fun tale of believing in someone in his book, Edwina The Dinosaur who Didn’t Know She was ExtinctEdwina, The Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct

Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie (say that three times in a row) did not like Edwina.  He was an expert on many things and enjoyed sharing his knowledge with others.  He was deteremined to prove that dinosaurs were extinct.  But no one listend.  Being the kind friend, Edwina was willing to listen to Reginald.  Reginald felt like a champion.  Surprisingly, Edwina realized that she was to be extinct, but didn’t care.  Interesting twist at the end. 🙂

Savorings for reading and in writing for Edwina:

  • Setting – school and neighborhood
  • Transitions – today; but as soon as; then; before he knew it; the next morning; finally
  • Inferring – Notice the dedication page.  You’ll see a little boy’s upset face watching Edwina
  • Character Change – Reginald
  • Surprise Ending – “She just didn’t care.
  • Colon – “There was no doubt about it in Edwina’s mind:  She knew she was extinct.”
  • Magic of 3 – He tried flyers, protesting, and everything he could think of…

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