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My Heart Is Like a Zoo Hardcover – December 22, 2009
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“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 heartslots of heartscombine 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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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.
"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!
As an ESL/ESOL/ELL teacher, I was able to use this book for a similes and metaphors unit plan project for my intermediate 6th grade ELL students. I used this book on the very last day of the unit. I read the book to my students and showed them the pictures, then I told them that they had to recreate two of the pictures in this book. For one of the recreations, they had to write a simile that had to do with the animal and for the other recreation, they had to write a metaphor that had to do with the animal. The similes and metaphors that they wrote had to be their own and could not come from the examples in the book. For example, for the lion, they could have written: Billy is as strong as a lion and that would show me that they know how to create a simile.
It was a GREAT and very successful project. The students had fun and it took the entire class period. It was a great way for my students to truly understand similes and metaphors.
I always try to find picture books that I can use as supplementary materials in my classroom and this is a perfect addition to my collection.
I was torn on my opinion of this book. On one hand, as a book that is supposed to teach emotions I felt the examples were entirely too abstract for ages 0-5 to understand. For example: "cozy as a clam." What is this supposed to mean in relation to feelings? On this concept it falls very short of the mark. On the other hand this book is a good example of similes, an introduction to different animals, teaches shapes and colors, is a great springboard for an art project, has a good rhythm, and is a good beginning reader book because there are only a few words on each page. So in my opinion it fails at its intended purpose, but is still a good overall and enjoyable book.
I would give it a three stars, but because it has so many redeeming qualities I will round up. I recommend for ages 3-6
The bright, bold colors are eye catching. The artwork is simple in that it is made up almost entirely of hearts, which is lovely to look at and provides a seeking/counting game and arts and crafts inspiration for older children. The rhyme and rhythm make it a joy to read-- seriously, just try it! "Brave as a lion, thoughtful as an owl, peaceful as a portly walrus lounging on a towel." The emotions, character traits, and physical descriptions are great vocab builders, and baby is captivated listening to it and looking at the pages. We can't get enough of this one!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Our baby has loved this since he was about 4 months old - now he's 10 months and has yet to tire of it. He's had phases of wanting to hear it 4 times over. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jcrawf
Possibly my new favorite children's book! It has unique animals not commonly found in books. Not your typical lion tigers and bears. Huge hit with grandkids!Published 3 months ago by Zoolady31
Bright and colorful, perfect rhyme and meter. It's sort enough for little ones, and a great book for slightly older kids abut all the feelings we have. It resonates with me too. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sandra Leary
I bought this book for two toddler grandchildren, but they just do not seem interested in it.Published 7 months ago by macabell
Absolutely adorable illustrations--all made with some amalgamation of a heart shape.Published 7 months ago by emerald_vine