"Down by the station, early in the morning," before any visitors arrive, who exactly is riding that zoo train? Hop aboard and find out! See the elephant calf waving good-bye to Mommy and Daddy. And there's a pink flamingo chick, ready to ride. Who's this sleepy black-and-white cub? Still wrapped in a blanket, the panda isn't quite awake yet. The train chugs merrily along, picking up baby animal passengers. But beware! There's danger in the pond beside the tracks. Will the seal pup and baby penguin escape from the circling crocodiles?
Will Hillenbrand, illustrator of Counting Crocodiles and The House That Drac Built, has always been curious about what goes on in a zoo before opening hours. Adapting a traditional children's song, Hillenbrand depicts his charming vision, and presents a parallel journey of a school bus approaching the zoo while the train is making its rounds. Children, as diverse as the chicks and cubs and kits, bound out of the bus to seesaw with the elephant and play kickball with the seal. And the napping panda? He's found his match in a blanket-toting boy. "Puff, puff, toot, toot, off we go!" Basic song notation is included in the back for budding musicians. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"This whimsical interpretation of a familiar song offers preschoolers a ticket to ride on an enjoyable excursion through a children's zoo," PW wrote. Each new animal passenger adds to the cumulative refrain, "building up a symphonic chorus that begs for audience participation." Ages 3-7. (Oct.)
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My son sings through this book pretty much all day, every day of the week. If your kid likes to sing, be careful of this book... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Hayley
The story is pure fun and needs no explanations. It is not meant to be plausible, send messages or be logical. It is colors and sounds and cartoon like activities. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Persop
I love this book the illustrations are very nice. I enjoy reading it with my 2 and 4 year old boys.Published 8 months ago by Hunny Bunny
got this for my 18 month old, after seeing it in our Montessori classroom. He loved it until... well, he still gets a kick out of it and he's 4. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jonathan Glover
This is my favorite kind of book to read (or sing!) aloud- familiar, fun text, and pictures that provide lots to talk about.Published 11 months ago by susan clark