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Birthday Zoo Hardcover – September 1, 2002


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From Publishers Weekly

Birthday Zoo by Deborah Lee Rose, illus. by Lynn Munsinger, follows an assortment of animals as they get the party started for one lucky kid (" `Who is it for?' inquired the boar. `Kid with the presents,' answered the pheasants"). Happily chaotic illustrations create a festive mood (a final painting reveals the guests as stuffed toys). Ages 3-6.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-With simple, rhyming statements and a few questions, 23 animals describe their efforts to make a birthday party for a young, gleeful, red-haired boy. The fun begins with a date circled on the calendar. "`Hey, what's the big deal?' noticed the seal. `Birthday today!' reported the ray." Interesting verbs add to the fun, as in "`We need some more forks!' flurried the storks"; and "`Go on, make a wish,' burbled the fish." While Rose's strong rhythm and rhymes will charm youngsters in a storytime, Munsinger's lively pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations beg for closer inspection. Readers will delight in the skillfully drawn, realistic animals engaged in fantastic activity, such as the seal bearing a stack of gifts on the top of his nose, the sloth lying on the tablecloth he is spreading, bats sporting paper hats, and much more on each captivating spread. A sense of reality wordlessly returns on the concluding page as the boy feeds cake to his menagerie of stuffed animals. Libraries will want to support birthdays, zoo trips, and flights of fancy with this splendid celebration.
Laura Scott, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807507768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807507766
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,333,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Deborah's newest school story, The Spelling Bee Before Recess, captures the nailbiting excitement of a school spelling bee that goes into overtime. In this humorous picture book, set to the rhythm of The Night Before Christmas, two finalists enter the spelling bee's championship round. The spelling words fly fast and thick, until the principal throws in a tiebreaker where the spellers must spell AND tell what the word means--just like in the national spelling bee.

Her lullaby book, Someone's Sleepy, gently celebrates a young child's nightly ritual, from bathtime to hearing a bedtime story to snuggling with favorite stuffed animals to sweet dreams. The book is also a lullaby song with music by Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Tom Chapin.

Jimmy the Joey, Deborah's animal conservation book, is the true story of the amazing rescue of an orphaned baby koala in Australia. Deborah is former Director of Communications for Lindsay Wildlife Museum, which includes the first wildlife rehabilitation hospital established in the U.S.

Deborah's ocean alphabet book, Into the A,B,Sea, was named to the New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing and has sold a quarter million copies. The Twelve Days of Kindergarten and The Twelve Days of Winter have both won the NAPPA Gold Award. An internationally published, award-winning children's author, Deborah weaves themes of nature, family and school in her books.

"I rocked my children to sleep many times. That gentle rocking rhythm became the verses of Someone's Sleepy...The Twelve Days of Kindergarten was inspired by my son's first day of kindergarten. When he came home from school, he couldn't stop telling me all the wondrous things his new teacher had given him. Those classroom gifts--and many others that followed--inspired me to write The Twelve Days of Kindergarten, The Twelve Days of Winter and The Twelve Days of Springtime. The Spelling Bee Before Recess grew from my memories of LOSING the school spelling bee, and from my kids adventures in their own school bees many years later."

Deborah grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Cornell University. She helped create and directs communications for the national STEM education project howtosmile.org, which has earned an ALA Best Websites for Kids award and AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Award. She lives in Walnut Creek, California. Visit her at www.deborahleerose.com.

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Cute story and pictures.
Quickwilber
Birthday Zoo is a joyful picture book by Deborah Lee Rose about the most exciting birthday celebration ever.
Midwest Book Review
After this read, I can't wait to read more by Ms. Rose.
Colleen D. Gallagher

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
What do children enjoy more than a birthday party? Young folks find a visit to the zoo exciting. The combination of the two in "Birthday Zoo" is bound to bring smiles of delight.
Illustrated in engaging watercolors and presented in catchy rhyme, the story opens with a question, "`Hey, what's the big deal?'" noticed the seal." When it's discovered that the big deal is a birthday preparations begin.
"`What do we do?' asked the emu. `Make everyone happy,' said the okapi." And that's precisely what this joyful narrative will do as balloons are blown up, party hats distributed, and refreshments served.
At the last, imagine being wished happy birthday by a whole zoo!
- Gail Cooke
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aunt Kiki on November 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book delivers on the promise in its jacket cover with Rose's enchanting, lilting rhymes and Munsinger's uproarious and lively watercolor illustrations of a zoo full of animals putting on a birthday party for a delighted young boy. It is "a birthday present to open again and again." The irresistible rhymes include: "'But where to begin?' asked the shy tamarin. `Blow up balloons.' puffed the raccoons." Laughter or at least a broad smile will erupt when this verse is read in its full-spread illustration of eight raccoons eagerly blowing up colorful birthday balloons and cheerfully floating up to the ceiling with them while a bewildered tamarin looks on. Similar hilarious delights fill the entire book as the animals progress from setting up the party to a playful and joyous celebration complete with presents, games, and cake. But, don't forget to turn the over the last page or you'll miss a great surprise. Highly recommended for ages 2 to 6
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Birthday Zoo is a joyful picture book by Deborah Lee Rose about the most exciting birthday celebration ever. A whimsical poem about fun activities suggested by various playful animal friends, and cheerful color illustrations by Lynn Munsinger make Birthday Zoo an upbeat, entertaining, and highly recommended picture book for beginning readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colleen D. Gallagher VINE VOICE on August 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
I was excited to read this book when I got it in the mail. I have never read books by this author. After this read, I can't wait to read more by Ms. Rose. I really enjoyed the book and so did both of my kiddos. It's all about animals at the zoo getting ready for a little boys birthday. It would make a great birthday gift for a little boy or girl. The illustrations compliment the text and had my daughter talking on and on about what was happening in the story. The text is full of catchy rhymes; such as, "Blow up the balloons," puffed the raccoons. "Spread out a cloth," directed the sloth. As a teacher I was thinking of all the opportunities to teach rhyming with this fun book. After one read through, we reread it and as I read I left out the last word in each sentence and my son would fill in the blank with an animal word that rhymed. He had so much fun filling in the blanks and didn't even know he was working on literacy skills. This book is fun to read and great for working on rhyming!
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By Quickwilber on September 16, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Bought for a friend too. Love this sweet birthday book and would buy again. Cute story and pictures. Not sure if it's in print anymore. We got it used.
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