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Put Me In the Zoo (Bright & Early Board Books(TM)) Board book – November 27, 2001

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"A hilarious story for a first-grade pupil to read. Shows that reading can be fun even if the vocabulary is very limited."--Material Analysis Publications.  


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They say a leopard can't change his spots-but Spot sure can! Babies and toddlers will love pointing out the colors of his changing spots in this delightful, rhyming adaptation of Robert Lopshire's classic Bright and Early Book.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 3 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 0150 (What's this?)
  • Series: Bright & Early Board Books(TM)
  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (November 27, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375812156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375812156
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.5 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Great reviews but I have to let everyone in on something, he is not a dog, bear or lion. I hope I don't ruin your childhood memories.
Spot is a leopard that can change his spots.

Robert M. Lopshire
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Format: Hardcover
"Put Me in the Zoo," is a fantastic story about an animal with spots. This goofy looking animal wants to live in the zoo because it is such a wonderful place, but the zookeepers don't want him in the zoo and so they kick him out. Then he begins to talk to two little children who ask, "Why should they put you in the zoo? What good are you? What can you do?" He then shows them the many amazing tricks he can do with his spots. His spots change colors, size and shape. The children are amazed but tell him that he doesn't belong in the zoo, but somewhere else. To find out where that somewhere is then you'll have to read this wonderful, rhyming poem, put onto the pages of a book.
I would recommend adults read this story to their children or children read it for themselves. It is probably best for kids from ages 3-9. Though, adults would probably enjoy this book too. It is highly inspiring and about finding what is special about you. It has tons of funny stuff that will entertain your kids until the book ends. I highly recommend that you buy this for your children or rent it from the library. It is one of my favorites from when I was young, and I'm almost positive that after your child has read it, it will be one of their favorites too!!
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Format: Hardcover
If you want a book that will guarantee a smile on your little ones face, this is the one.

We have a silly spotted animal who insists the he should be put in a zoo because look at all he can do, but they won't take him.

Told in rhyme, he explains to a little boy and girl all the wonderful things he can do. Why he can change the colors of his spots, and so your child learns several colors.

He can make them big, small or place them on the boy for sure.

Surely he should be in the zoo, but the children lead him to just the right place to be.

What a fun read, colorful, entertaining and a learning tool as well.This is one happy book and you and your child will truly enjoy sharing. Highly recommended.

Shirley Johnson
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let me start by saying, I love this book. Even more importantly, my 2 year old daughter loves this book. I still remember when i was a child, I loved the page where our spotted protagnoist morphed his spots into all different colors. I just loved that page! Anyway, the book reads easily for adults, and sounds and looks good for kids. It's a nice story. But I believe there are some color issues -

First - What's with the orange spots? They are not orange, they are red scribble on yellow fur. Don't they have orange ink? It does not look orange to me! This confuses my daughter when I say orange - she looks at me like i'm nuts and says no, "red"! and I see her point! - I hope newer editions can fix this.

Second - Violet? What 2 year old says violet? Again, I am corrected whenever the violet spots appear - because they are purple. Then I have to explain that violet is another word for purple, which interupts the flow of the story, and I feel like I have to justify myself every time for my 2 year old!

As I said - great book, great story, great pics, nice rhythm, - but if we could do a revision - please give us real orange, and the word purple too!
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I love Dr. Seuss is a wonderful author who write cute rhyming stories. March 2nd is his birthday so that is when we spend more time on Dr Seuss but I read his books to my class all the time. Each year for his birthday I find a different book to read and do a craft for.

This year I pick Put Me In the Zoo. It is a cute rhyming story about an yellow animal with spots. He wants to be in the zoo but the zoo does not want him. A little boy and girl ask him why he wants to be in the zoo.

He shows them all the things he can do woth his spots. They change color,size and he even can put them in other things. The children find the perfect place for him.

The book let's you talk about being yourself and using your talents. Everyone is special is their own way.

For the art we painted a paper plate yellow and put dots on it along with a face and eyes. They turned out so cute.

I love Dr Seuss and this is a great book to read to your kids.
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Format: Hardcover
Wonderful story filled with simple yet elegant rhymes. Great educational opportunity as my girls learnt colors, shapes, and sizes. After just a few readings, they were finishing the sentences for me with "red!", "yellow!", "violet!", "blue!", "tall!", "small!", "ball!", "wall!" ... one of their most requested night-time story books now.
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Almost my favorite book of all time, second only to Go Dogs Go. As a mother of four, I've got this baby memorized, and it never gets old. I actually think I like it more than the kids, though. But when you're reading that many books aloud over and over again in this season of life, you want to like the book, you want to love the book. And I do love this book. It has great a great rhythm to it, easy to memorize, and super fun. Did I mention that I love it!!!

I purchased this recently as part of a baby shower gift. It is not a board book, but a regular hard-cover book with regular paper pages. I love the simplicity of the colors and the simplicity of the story line.
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