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Zoo Day ¡Olé!: A Counting Book Hardcover – April 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions; Bilingual edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761454624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761454625
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,614,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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This very simple bilingual picture book features a warm story that incorporates language and numbers in an entertaining way. A preschooler tells how she and her little brother visit the zoo with Abuelita, who helps them count in Spanish the animals they see. From uno to diez, the focus is on the polar bears, seals, monkeys, parrots, and other exotic creatures. Cohen cleverly incorporates other items to count on each spacious spread in his thick-lined artwork highlighted with digital coloring: three trees appear near the three polar bears; six people are gazing at the six parrots. A summary illustration at the outing’s conclusion depicts all of the animals the siblings have seen. Later, at home, there is a sense of how much more there is to count as the children and Abuelita try to add up the number of stars in the sky. And in an affectionate ending, Abuelita kisses the children good night: “Dos besos means two kisses.” Preschool-Grade 1. --Hazel Rochman

About the Author

Author Phillis Gershator lives in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

Illustrator Santiago Cohen lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.

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That aspect of it was really well done and it reads well.
Jesus First
Subtitled "A Counting Book" minimizes the fact that this is a bilingual English/Spanish counting book!
Deborah Sandford
He had me read it to him twice, and the next time I saw him, I had to read it to him again.
A. M. Brinkley

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Carter VINE VOICE on August 15, 2013
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I was excited to be able to get 'Zoo Day Ole!' for my daughter. She's at that stage where she loves books and being read to, and a book like 'Zoo Day Ole!' is educational on a few levels. It's primarily a fairly straightforward counting book, but throws in counting to ten in Spanish along with the English. The text is primarily in English, with only a few Spanish words (besos comes to mind) present aside from the numbers. It doesn't seem like much, but my (almost) three year old is now counting to ten in Spanish just from having this book read to her, and I think that's pretty good.

I should also mention that this book is "Abuelita approved." My mother, a native of Cuba and Spanish teacher, really liked the book, and the storyline of a day at the zoo with abuelita is something my daughter seems to enjoy. It's a good book, regardless of that, but that makes it a little more special in our household.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Crenwelge VINE VOICE on August 6, 2013
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A great bilingual counting book featuring engaging drawings (the elephant reminds me of Babar). I can see this story being read to my PPCD students often - both during Math group and during whole group reading.

This will help my students be able to participate both with counting the numbers and predicting what will come next ( 2 great reading skills )! The rhyming format is also great for little people. This is going to be a much-used and much-loved book in our classroom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mandy Payne HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 20, 2013
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Spanish and English counting skills combined with simple and cute illustrations. This holds the three year old's attention, which isn't always easy. Sometimes she counts and repeats the words. That's always a good sign.

This is a pretty book and would make a good gift for a child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iron Man VINE VOICE on July 10, 2013
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The Zoo Day Ole!: A Counting Book is great at introducing pre-school kids to readingand counting. My 2.5 year old daughter's interest in just about everything she comes into contact with reinforces the need to expose them to things that will enhance learning. And this book is one of those things that will facilitate one important aspect in their life--and that is to read and count correctly and properly. There is also a hint of spanish in the book where the kids will be familiar with. Although my daughter doesn't quite read yet, with the proper encouragement, she is able to remember things accurately, like numbers and letters. Sitting down with her and reading this book together, creates a strong interest in this book. The pages are full of color and the drawings and illustrations are very clear and vivid. The images includes things that she is already familiar with like chairs, the trees, and various animals. With a little bit of story telling as we both turn the pages, she barely looks at me as I talk and describe the images in the page. Once I left the book alone with her, she points at the things she is familiar with like the animals in the zoo. Needless to say, this is one great book that will enhance pre-schooler's interest to reading. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edie VINE VOICE on July 6, 2013
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My grandson was thrilled with this book. Lately, he has turned away from a number of books, probably because they were too boring. Zoo Day Ole! kept him busy on and off for a couple of hours. He kept returning to the book, not only looking at the pictures and counting, but also repeating the Hispanic numbers as well as the English. Wish I could share a video with this review - he absolutely loved the book, laughing and counting beyond what he normally does.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Sandford on January 21, 2012
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Subtitled "A Counting Book" minimizes the fact that this is a bilingual English/Spanish counting book! Short, pleasing rhymes make this ideal for toddler storytime: "Abuelita is coming! We're going to the zoo. Abuelita counts in Spanish. Uno, dos means one and two." Solid bold text is black, and number words are colored, which gives a nice contrast and may encourage emergent readers to pay attention to reading. The illustrations are simple, bold and strikingly colorful- what a fun day at the zoo! Storytime may end at numero diez with a two page spread for counting in Spanish. The story continues for bedtime reading, with a vignette about settling down for the nigh. Dos besos means sleep tight!
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So, I like to review children's books according to how much I enjoy reading them to children, as opposed to how much they enjoy them themselves. Because reading the same book over and over again should be fun for the adult, too.

On that scale, I like this book. It's fun to read the numbers in Spanish (I'm not fluent, but I remember some from high school/college) and the illustrations are cute enough that both me and my 2-year-old enjoy them. The text rhymes, which is also a plus -- I like reading rhyming text, and my son responds to that too.

I recommend this book, especially if you're trying to intrudce some Spanish to your child.
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I love Spanish and I believe it's important for my children to learn it. My children and I enjoy this book. I like how it combines English and Spanish in the sentence as well as defines the Spanish numbers without feeling clunky. I wish there were more books written like this that introduced Spanish to kids.
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