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My Heart Is Like a Zoo Hardcover – December 22, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (December 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061915106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061915109
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The bold digital collages of zoo animals in this debut picture book are clear and bright, and the simple rhymes about feelings will have preschoolers savoring the words, joining in, and pointing at every playful zoo scene, each featuring one animal per page. Even toddlers will enjoy talking about the scenarios, especially after they see the final spread with the small “zookeeper” asleep in his bed, his beloved animal toys snuggled around him. Kids will easily recognize the emotions in the words—“Snappy as a crab, / angry as a bear, / bothered as a bull / with a hornet in its hair”—as well as the more positive feelings—“Brave as a lion, / thoughtful as an owl, / peaceful as a portly walrus / lounging on a towel.” A final note points out that all the collage pictures are made up of heart-shaped pieces, more than 300 in all, and older kids might want to count them. Preschool. --Hazel Rochman

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“It stole my heart.” (Robert Sabuda, New York Times bestselling author)

“Starting with one simple shape, Michael Hall shows us a nearly infinite number of ways to make a menagerie of love.” (Brian Selznick, Caldecott Medalist)

“Now hear this! The art in this book will astonish Earth!” (Chris Raschka, Caldecott Medalist)

“Michael Hall’s My Heart Is Like a Zoo is a combination of deceptive simplicity and gorgeous graphic design. Colorful, fun, and thoroughly enjoyable.” (Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Caldecott Honor Artist, New York Times bestselling author)

“The bold digital collages of zoo animals in this debut picture book are clear and bright, and the simple rhymes about feelings will have preschoolers savoring the words, joining in, and pointing at every playful zoo scene.” (ALA Booklist)

“Animals, adjectives and hearts—lots of hearts—combine in this bright, appealing selection, reminiscent of the works of Lois Ehlert.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Children just learning about shapes will revel in these pages.” (Publishers Weekly)

“This title will have a wide audience, whether in a classroom, library, or at home. An outstanding choice for one-on-one sharing.” (School Library Journal)

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My 9 month old daughter loves this book.
A. Finan
This book can simply be a captivating page turner for the littlest "readers" or a learning experience for the older ones.
D. Fowler
The illustrations are made up of hearts, which is very fun.
Jessica Loew Stewart

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
All young children have little feelings in their hearts and heads, but it is often difficult for them to understand or express their emotions. This little book of twenty animals, all made up in part of "heart" shapes, can help parents, caretakers and teachers help them understand and express their feelings, emotions and attitudes. This is a fun book of heart words and feelings in the shape of herons, hippos, caterpillars, clams, bears, crabs and many other animals.

"My heart is like a zoo-
eager as a beaver,
steady as a yak,
hopeful as a hungry heron, hoping for a snack . . . "

This adorable "heart" story in rhyme is one of those perfect books to read and discuss during story or circle time. Each of the brief descriptions of an animal can be linked to a primary emotion. The artwork is ingeniously designed to incorporate several heart shapes in each colorful animal. The whole book simply shouts read me and read me again. There are "more than three hundred hearts" in the design of this book for youngsters to count. This book can simply be a captivating page turner for the littlest "readers" or a learning experience for the older ones. If you want an instant classic, this is one you might want to consider!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Talalay on December 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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I *heart* this book. Although many may see this colorful children's picture book as just a sweet bedtime tale, it is the perfect Valentine craft for kids as well. Imagine the critters that can be made out of heart shapes in various sizes. This book is a breath of fresh air in the shelves full of books about zoo animals. We would recommend it for ages 2-5.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Darling on February 28, 2010
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As a 70 year old, I enjoyed the creative designs and colors in the book, but I was concerned that the children would think it was too "babyish." That was not the case. It provided them with ideas for creating their own Valentines, and now my refrigerator door has new decorations. Lots of fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Phillips on September 23, 2010
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A perfect book! Colorful pictures, rhyming text, a built in counting activity, not to mention art ideas with geometric shapes...plus, a sweet child in the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darya Sarvi on July 5, 2010
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The bold block colors and shapes give this wonderful book a kindergarten-y feel. It's really fun for kids to find all the heart shapes and guess how many are on a page before finding them. If only I were this creative with construction paper when I was in kindergarten!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Print VINE VOICE on April 9, 2010
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Hundreds of hearts come together to shape some animals both familiar and exotic in this rhyming romp through the various phases of a child's heart before they retire after a busy day (as busy as a zookeeper's even!).

My Heart is Like a Zoo (2010) by Michael Hall introduces children to a variety of new concepts beyond emotions and feelings. The varied palette for both animals and backgrounds can introduce colors as easily as the animals themselves can be used for a counting exercise. Hall uses hearts and the occasional circle or rectangle to create all of the artwork inviting children to identify the various shapes and try to make some shape animals of their own. The large text and boldly colored artwork carry wide appeal as do Hall's clever turns of phrase about steady yaks and happy hippos.

And, of course, as the cover shows very nicely the book is totally adorable! Hall's artwork and writing is fantastic and elevates what could have been a twee, simple book into a complex and entertaining picture book for readers of all ages.

An attractive, versatile book My Heart is Like a Zoo is guaranteed to become a story time favorite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Loew Stewart on February 27, 2010
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This is a very sweet book! Each page contains a simile comparing a heart/love to an animal. The illustrations are made up of hearts, which is very fun. I read this book to my special needs preschool class, and it was a bit over their heads. It would be great for children in the primary grades. It could spark a lot of great writing and art projects!
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By Alanna M. Bobulinski on July 9, 2014
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I needed a book about a zoo for teaching my preschool class. Found this at the library and was in love Instantly with it! Love how all the animals are made from hearts! Gave us great project ideas too!
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