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Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo Paperback – September 28, 2010
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What an apropos book for the start of school and the current Swine Flu outbreak! Felcity is a one-girl epidemiological carrier, spreading her floo goo all over the zoo. She germinates her germs all over the elephants, llamas and emu. See? Your mom was completely and utterly right that you must wash your hands and sneeze into your elbow. The illustrations are fabulous and the text is cleverly rhymed. Great gift for a school nurse or a teacher who plans a lesson on hygiene.
Just looking at the illustrations of Felicity gives me the urge to scrub my hands with antibacterial soap ... or bleach. Her hair hangs limp and greasy, her eyes are rimmed with deep shadows and her scarf drags listlessly behind her. Worst of all, her hands are smeared with .... (euphemistically) green nose goo. She looks rough all right, but manages to summon the energy to visit every pen in the zoo.
As Felicity winds her way through the zoo, slimy green hand prints appear on each animal, marking her path. The llamas have been tagged, as well as the ostriches, giraffe and red kangaroo. Not one animal seems to be safe from the germs that Felicity Floo is spreading. She hugs the elephants, pats the panda and even climb up to manhandle the mountain goats.
The Zookeeper can't figure out what is plaguing his animals. After Felicity's visit, they are sluggish and sleepy, with a strange green hue. Usually the fences are in place to protect the visitors from the ferocious animals. This zoo needs more gates to keep the poor animals healthy and safe from Felicity's goo!
This is a pretty clever and humorous way to spread the message of the importance of using tissues and practicing proper hand washing.Redmond did a great job with the illustrations - the animals look bedraggled and downright miserable following Felicity's visit. Even my five year old was grossed out by Felicity's appearance and appalled she would spread her sickness to the poor animals! We particularly enjoyed the rhyming text and hunting down the green handprints on each page. Felicity really gets around, so look closely.
I HOPE SHE BUYS IT FOR ALL THE TEACHERS!
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