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Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book Board book – May 8, 2007
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Rod Campbell makes books for babies and toddlers, the best known being Dear Zoo, which has sold over two million copies worldwide. All his books have simple text, often with repeating phrases, ideal for the pre-reader. He uses flaps and touch-and-feel elements when appropriate.
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-- Pretty sturdy flaps that open from different sides. This feature helps young children exercise both their memory and fine motor skills (little fingers)
-- 17 pages including the title page. I know the description says 24, but they must be counting blank pages and the covers pages.
-- Interesting subject for babies and toddlers.
-- Text is repetitive and helps with baby and toddler memory and prediction.
-- For Preschoolers content is boring. The eight animals chosen are 'old hat' by the time most children hit the 2 to 3 range. Animals are: Elephant, giraffe, lion, camel, snake, monkey, frog, dog.
-- There is no rhyme in the text. Rhyme is one way to teach young children about how words work in similar ways.
--Text generally (after the first page) runs along the lines of "So they sent me a ..." to which the answer is something like "He was too ___ ! I sent him back." [The animal that was kept was a puppy.]
Three Stars. Average book in a large field of similar products. "Dear Zoo" seems sturdy (we borrowed ours from the library and one would assume it has seen lots of use) and the drawings are so simple that babies won't have a problem focusing on the subject animal.
Take a look at Amazon's "Search inside this book" feature for an example of text and artwork ("Surprise Me").
As an early book, this story and its accompanying illustrations are very very simple. I was a little disappointed at the flimsiness of the flaps children are supposed to lift or turn. The copy I paged through had been scotch taped and re-scotch taped several times to keep the book in any kind of semblance of order. It is also a pity that the animals in this book aren't named ever. I don't doubt that kids will, mostly, be able to name them anyway, but it's nice to learn to read the names along with the pictures of the animals. Still, the book is satisfying to read. No subtext here. Nuh-uh. Just a very basic story about a zoo, some friendly animals, and the reasons (or lack there of) of keeping them. For another interesting and enjoyable zoo book, try "Good Night, Gorilla" by Peggy Rathmann (a personal pet favorite of mine).
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Cute board book for littles who love animals. Flaps are entertaining and my daughter loves all the animals featured.Published 1 day ago by Reviews by Alicia
Great hard back book geared for younger kids. I was very pleasedPublished 1 day ago by amber oswalt
I am always looking for children's books that I enjoy reading to my one year old. This book is amazing! I couldn't believe that I had never seen this book before my purchase. Read morePublished 1 day ago by TCR
It's a cute book but the little door on each page that you have to open is too advanced for my 5 month old, he just wants to rip it off. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Nyx
It's a cute book but I'm pretty sure someone at the zoo is trying to murder this child. You don't send lions, elephants, and snakes to a kid without sinister intentions. Read morePublished 2 days ago by R Magid
got this book for our almost two year old granddaughter.....it is her current favorite!! she loves to open the doors to disclose the critters within.... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Alice in Wonderland
My daughter got this book for Christmas from her grandmother...and it is now one of her favorites. She was 13 months old at the time and is now 15 months old... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Nicole