This is a great “mom” book.
It’s not written for moms, but I give it to moms.
It’s called When Dinosaurs Came with Everything, by Elise Broach.
David Small is the illustrator, and I like a lot of his work.
The book begins with a boy who is, as usual, unhappy about running errands with his mother. But the tables are turned when they discover that this day is different.
They walk into the doughnut shop, buy a box of doughnuts, and a dinosaur comes with the purchase.
A real dinosaur. A huge dinosaur.
The boy and his mother quickly discover that every purchase or service that day comes with a complimentary dinosaur. The boy is celebrating; the mom is panicking.
This continues as they complete their checklist of errands, and you see happy kids all over town and tired looking moms with dinosaurs following them. At last they go home, and mom sends the boy and his new pets to the backyard while she tries to recover. After a little while, she comes to the window to watch, and sees one dinosaur fly to the roof to fetch a frisbee for her son.
She watches for a long time, and an idea is born.
She puts the dinosaurs to work, coming up with a way to use each dinosaur’s strengths to her advantage.
I love the last page of the book.
She calls the doughnut shop to see if they have any doughnuts left.
So they go buy the rest of the doughnuts, which means they get the rest of the dinosaurs.
And her son knows that everything will work out fine.
Whenever I finish reading this book I think to myself “What a great mom!”
Last May I had a breakfast for some mothers that I really admire.
I read this book to them and gave them each a copy of it.
Motherhood brings a lot of dinosaurs into your life.
Not bad things, necessarily, but unplanned things, big things, things that make us tired.
Many of them are things that our children will love, but they sure complicate life.
I think one of the signs of a great mom is one who can take the overwhelming things and learn to use them for good.
I am thankful for all the moms I know who handle their dinosaurs with determination, wisdom and grace.
They give me courage to handle my own.
So if you’re dealing with some dinosaurs today, see if you can’t get your hands on a copy of this book soon, and it will warm your heart.
I’m off to brainstorm ways to put my dinosaurs to work!