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I Went to the Zoo Paperback – April, 1995

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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 270L (What's this?)
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Scholastic Trade (April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590458833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590458832
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,065,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Gelman produces a sure kid-pleaser with this slap-happy story, a sort of fantasy version of "Old MacDonald." It begins, "The other day I went to the zoo / It was a silly thing to do / The pandas were sitting / The camels were spitting / They were as bored as bored could be. / 'Come home,' I said. 'Come home with me.' " The sequence is repeated nine times, on each occasion adding two new animals, for a grand total of 20 animals and their various behaviors, all relayed in rollicking rhyme. Eventually, the animals go home with the boy narrator, create quite a mess and are returned to the zoo. The musicality of Gelman's verse and the popularity of the narrative conceit--releasing zoo animals--will earn children's devotion. Kovalski's funny and friendly soft pencil drawings will entertain presiding adults as well (witness her sight gag involving two Dominican nuns, penguins and panda bears). Ages 3-7.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth W on March 9, 2010
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This rhyming story builds on itself until the humorous conclusion.

It begins with,
"The other day I went to the zoo.
I don't know why I went to the zoo.
It was a silly thing to do.

The pandas were sitting.
The camels were spitting.

They were as bored as bored could be.
"Come home," I said, "Come home with me.""

By the end of the book, twenty different kinds of animals are doing twenty different kinds of actions. The boy does bring them all home.... and finds out WHY animals are kept in the zoo!

The illustrations are cute and detailed. Without being a pure "I Spy" type, there's plenty to look for in each picture, that you miss on the first glance through. (Hint: look at the other people in the picture, then look for them on the next page, the next, etc.)

This book has a little something for everyone.... it's the kind of book I can stand to read (or listen to my child read) over and over and over and over and over and over.......
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