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Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book Board book – May 8, 2007
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About the Author
Rod Campbell makes books for babies and toddlers, the best known being Dear Zoo, which has sold over two million copies worldwide. All his books have simple text, often with repeating phrases, ideal for the pre-reader. He uses flaps and touch-and-feel elements when appropriate.
Top Customer Reviews
I don't like how negative the story is. It's possible I'm being too sensitive. I don't want to read books to my son (who happens to have special needs) about being rejected for being too much of something--I really think that's sending the wrong message.
-- Pretty sturdy flaps that open from different sides. This feature helps young children exercise both their memory and fine motor skills (little fingers)
-- 17 pages including the title page. I know the description says 24, but they must be counting blank pages and the covers pages.
-- Interesting subject for babies and toddlers.
-- Text is repetitive and helps with baby and toddler memory and prediction.
-- For Preschoolers content is boring. The eight animals chosen are 'old hat' by the time most children hit the 2 to 3 range. Animals are: Elephant, giraffe, lion, camel, snake, monkey, frog, dog.
-- There is no rhyme in the text. Rhyme is one way to teach young children about how words work in similar ways.
--Text generally (after the first page) runs along the lines of "So they sent me a ..." to which the answer is something like "He was too ___ ! I sent him back." [The animal that was kept was a puppy.]
Three Stars. Average book in a large field of similar products. "Dear Zoo" seems sturdy (we borrowed ours from the library and one would assume it has seen lots of use) and the drawings are so simple that babies won't have a problem focusing on the subject animal.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son loved this book when he was little. When I saw it was available again, I just had to get a copy for my preschool class. I can't wait to introduce it to all my students. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Ruth
My daughter simply loves this and it has really helped her learn the names of the animals, even saying elephant at just 16 months old. Fun, delightful little book!Published 3 days ago by Nicky3
An extremely fun book for babies and toddlers. The flaps are durable, and have lasted through numerous tugs and pulls from tiny hands, without tearing off.Published 4 days ago by vanilla
Love this sweet book. My favorite is when my kid actually started telling me what each animal is. It's so cute!Published 5 days ago by TC
Cute board book. My son loves opening up the flaps to peek inside. Good book for little ones.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Cute classic book. Perfect for my 18 month old. Has sturdy flaps that she loves to open and close.Published 7 days ago by Elila