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'Twas the Day Before Zoo Day Hardcover – February 10, 2008
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PreSchool-Grade 2—The zookeepers are busy getting ready for Zoo Day. They are cleaning cages and bathing and feeding the animals. Some of the creatures, like recalcitrant children, are ill-behaved. The llamas are spitting, the giraffes are slurping. "While out in the dirt, naughty elephants rolled,/not listening at all to what they'd been told./They frolicked in mud to cool down from the sun./Their trunks became sprinklers and soaked everyone." Finally, the sun goes down and the workers go home. The next morning, the animals and their babies prepare themselves for the crowds of children arriving on yellow buses. This silly, slight story ends abruptly with the zookeepers standing at the gates while the children enter the zoo. Large color cartoon illustrations support the text. Back matter has a fill-in matching activity, some "animal fun facts," and a writing exercise about zookeepers. A secondary purchase at best.—Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH
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“‘Twas the day before Zoo Day, when all round the park, / the creatures felt restless and wished it were dark.” In this playful take on the popular Christmas verse, the zoo animals and their keepers prepare for a schoolkids’ visit. On each double-page spread, a nonsense rhyme and a bright, colorful, comic illustration pictures the excitement as the animals get ready for their visitors. Two zookeepers feed their charges and encourage them all to behave: “The trainers begged llamas to please be polite / Don’t go round spitting. It’s just not all right.” Along with the nonsense and the action, there are animal facts, and back matter includes additional information for adults and kids to talk about together. Preschool-Grade 2. --Hazel Rochman
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It is very cleverly written as a spin on "Twas the night before Christmas," with lots of humor and wonderful creatures to admire. What child doesn't delight in the discussion of spitting, burping, and being naughty.
A sure winner.
Every person and every animal is getting ready for Zoo Day, but there isn't much that's going the way it should. The animals are not cooperating. Whew! Perhaps when Zoo Day arrives the llamas won't spit, the giraffes won't drool or burp, the elephants won't roll in the dirt and soak everyone with trunks filled with water, and the zebras will finally be satisfied with their stripes. But even then, there are so many more animals in the zoo and other things might happen. Will Zoo Day be successful? You'll just have to read the book to see! I'd watch those pesky monkeys though.
`Twas the Day Before Zoo Day is destined to be a child's favorite with the comical telling of the story and the fun illustrations. The added attraction is the activities and animal fun facts at the back of the book
Armchair Interviews says: Boys and girls will love `Twas the Day Before Zoo Day.
Ben Hodson's illustrations are a delight as he adds extra touches and more fun. Watch each zookeeper's shoulders for their pets and the pets' antics! The creative pages at the end of the book add even more information, questions to answer, and a matching activity. Wouldn't it be fun for a classroom to playact the different jobs people can have at a zoo? Likewise, children at home will enjoy mimicking the animals or just curling up reading the book either by themselves or with mom and dad. A must have for a home or classroom library for ages 3 - 7.
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😁i would use it for storytime anywhere and anytime I can get listeners e end for stuffed Animals.!