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What's New at the Zoo? An Animal Adding Adventure Hardcover – June 10, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 530L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing (June 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934359939
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934359938
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,197,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 1—An attractive and instructive picture book. On each spread, a rich, full-bleed watercolor painting is accompanied by a rhyming stanza that encourages readers to add up the number of baby and adult zoo animals. The endearing scenes are framed in a bold pattern formed from a detail within the picture itself, to a very pleasing effect. A few zoological terms are deftly slipped into the text. Slade's rhymes are refreshingly successful; they do not succumb to the trap of contrived language, as so often happens with rhyming. An appended section features a composite of all the spreads, allowing kids to review the equations simultaneously; this is followed by further math exercises and an activity for matching facts to the animal babies highlighted in the book. This cheerful package of images and information delivers intellectual nourishment in the guise of a tasty treat for the eyes. It's a fun introduction to early math skills and basic animal facts.—Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR END

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Educational purpose takes the front seat here, but rests lightly enough on the rhymed text and animal pictures to remain more a game than a chore. --Booklist

This cheerful package of images and information delivers intellectual nourishment in the guise of a tasty treat for the eyes. --School Library Journal

It's great fun because, as opposed to a regular picture book, What's New At The Zoo? is more than just a cute story. It's a story that makes you pay attention and think, but it doesn't do so in a way that makes it any less enjoyable than its traditional counterpart. Quite the opposite in fact. --Ready Set Read Reviews --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Degman on August 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
In her book, WHAT'S NEW AT THE ZOO, Suzanne Slade uses clever rhyming verse to make learning about animal families and addition loads of fun and Joan Waites' darling illustrations add to the charm! In addition (pun intended), there is a four-page, educational section in the back of the book that can be photocopied for instructional use.

As a mother, I know my sons would have loved this book when they were younger and I look forward to reading it to future grandchildren (way in the future, please). As a teacher, can't wait to read it to my students - what a fantastic teaching tool! As a writer, I admire the way Suzanne incorporates science and math facts in an adorable story - not an easy feat!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
"What's New At The Zoo? An Animal Adding Adventure" is a children's animal/adding book by Suzanne Slade with an added educational bonus. In addition to eleven special animal addition pages and problems, there are creative activity pages with suggestions for related games and tasks at the end of the book, including addition methods explanations, Fact Families about related numbers, and animal matching activities. These last four pages can be duplicated to use as teaching materials along with the book. Aimed at children ages 4-8, "What's New At The Zoo?" tackles a beginning math curriculum with fun-filled humour and interest. Full page color illustrations by Joan Waites richly enhances the text for young children.
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Format: Hardcover
Reviewed by: Wayne Walker

If you have two hungry pandas that are eating a bamboo lunch and they are joined by one cub, how many pandas are there to crunch and munch? Children love to look at pictures of animals, so this book is a wonderful way to introduce them both to the animals themselves, including elephants, pea fowl, monkeys, boas, brown bears, kangaroos, zebras, giraffes, penguins, and fruit bats, and to basic adding facts too!

Suzanne Slade's rhyming text combines with Joan Waites's realistic illustrations to take youngsters on a trip through the zoo not only to learn all about the animals but also to count them. As usual with Sylvan Dell books, four pages in the back have more information in the "For Creative Minds" section, which includes more material on addition and an animal matching activity. There are also related websites, interactive quizzes, and teaching activities on Sylvan Dell's website to help parents and teachers. What's New at the Zoo is certainly an animal adding adventure.
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Format: Paperback
What's New at the Zoo? takes the reader on an animal adding adventure. This learning zoo adventure begins: "Two hungry pandas eat a bamboo lunch. One cub joins the meal. How many crunch and munch? 2 + 1 = ?" Through delightful rhyming text and numerals Ms. Slade creates a wonderfully engaging learning experience for children. Each page offers a new addition problem.

Within the rhyming text Ms. Slade cleverly weaves information about animals and the names of the baby animals pictured. Did you know that a baby mammoth boa is called a neonate? But that's not all: the illustrations are striking - they are vivid, realistic and elaborate.
Children will love reading this entertaining and educational picture book, in fact, they may not even realize they're learning in the process.

An added feature to this book is the "For Creative Minds" and "Animal Matching Activity" educational section in the back. It offers additional math problems and solutions as well as information on the animals mentioned in the book. It also explains the differences in the animal classes: mammals, birds and reptiles, and asks the reader to put each of the animals shown within the book into their correct class.

I read this book to my three-year-old grand son. He said his favorite part was the picture with the peacocks. I then had my eight-year-old great nephew read it to me while answering the addition questions. They both enjoyed this book as will all children within the intended age group and even those a little younger. I highly recommend What's New at the Zoo?

About the author: Suzanne Slade is the author of over 60 books for children.
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