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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reissue edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763649759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763649753
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 6.1 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #728,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—There is big trouble: "It started one day with a trip to the zoo/When a pale, sniffly girl named Felicity Floo/Wiped her red, runny nose without a tissue." Ignoring the "please do not pet the animals" sign, Felicity goes around petting and riding and cozying up to all the occupants, and they all get sick. The book then ends with the caution: "Her cold got so big/That they named it The Floo./You may not believe me,/But if I were you,/I think I'd go bowling/And not to the zoo." Told in verse with every line ending in a word that rhymes with "zoo," the story may be a little gross, but the overall package is humorous. The distinctive watercolor and ink illustrations in subdued shades of green, gray, and brown are a perfect match for the text. They feature large-eyed, waiflike Felicity decked out in purple and placing her very visible sickly green handprints on every animal pictured. Young readers and storytime attendees will delight in the antics and receive a timely lesson in hygiene as well.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA END --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

E. S. Redmond was inspired to write this, her first book, after a trip with her children to a petting zoo. She says, "I remember watching all these smiling, wobbling toddlers surrounding the animals. Every little nose was running, and the sheep resembled very large mounds of tissue. It struck me as altogether funny and ironic that the hand soap was mounted on the fence at the exit. Nice for us, not so great for the sheep." E. S. Redmond lives in Massachusetts.

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It has great vocabulary, interesting illustrations and valuable messages.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Talalay on September 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Beck on September 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is perhaps the best children's book I have ever read! Both fun and educational, my children loved it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Grout on December 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought a copy of this book for my son's kindergarten class. It is the perfect story for kids that age. The pictures are beautiful and keep the kids engaged, and the message about germs is a great one. It really gives the kids a visual understanding of how germs are passed, but it is cute and entertaining too! I was so happy with it, I donated another copy to the school library. The librarian looked it over and loved it too. With cold and flu spreading like water in classrooms, this is a fun book that every kindergarten and Pre-K class should have!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By www.firrkids.com on October 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is certainly an appropriate choice considering the massive outbreak of the H1N1 influenza virus currently sweeping the nation. Judging by little Felicity's reddened nose and glazed eyes, maybe she should have opted for the vaccine injection.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Mansfield on September 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My son just started Kindergarten last week. Much of the "beginning of the year address" by the principal AND the teacher had to do with hand washing and use of Purel...can you guess where I am going with this? I e-mailed the K Center principal, and she asked me to send the book in. She's been reading it to each class as a special "Storytime with the Principal" to all of the classes since the beginning of the week. She is loving it and using it to reinforce the message! :)

I HOPE SHE BUYS IT FOR ALL THE TEACHERS!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mac-Sky Mom on July 7, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Originally received this book as a gift. My daughter loved it so much, she took it to her preschool where the teachers fell in love with it. We bought it for one of her teachers that were expecting a baby!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bootsie on September 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is so sweet and fun. The story is super original and my daughter giggles at all of the names of the various animals. I suffer from terrible allergies so we joke together that the book is really about mommy because she always needs a tissue too.

Love, love. Have also purchased this book for four different gifts and it's always a hit!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mom on February 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I got this book as a gift. I just started reading it to my 22 month old when she was sick and she enjoys it.
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