Title: Time Flies
Author: Eric Rohmann
Illustrator: Eric Rohmann
Publisher: Crown Publishers; March 1, 1994
Age: 3 – 7 years
Topic: Birds, Dinosaurs, Museums, Wordless book
Opening: Wordless picture book (Illustration: A bird flies into a dinosaur exhibit at the museum.)
Book Summary: A wordless tale in which a bird flying around the dinosaur exhibit of a natural history museum has an unsettling experience when the dinosaur seems to come to life and view the bird as a potential meal.
Wordless Picture Books in the Classroom. A teacher’s guide for using wordless books with children in a classroom setting.
If you purchase the hardcover, it includes a Parent’s guide with lots of comprehension questions to spark children’s curiosity and imagination.
For some hands on fun, try:
Create a Diorama. Here is one example.
Create a skit or play from the book and act it out.
The Activity Idea Place has a ton of dinosaur activities and art ideas.
Why I Like This Book:
There is something truly unique about a wordless book. When reading with a child, you never tell the same story twice. There is always something you did not see the previous time you read it. Time Flies is a beautifully illustrated story about a bird’s night at the museum as it explores a dinosaur exhibit. While I would not mind sharing this book with my toddler class, it would not make a great group book. This book requires children being able to look carefully and slowly as they study the pictures and follow along.