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What's New at the Zoo? An Animal Adding Adventure Hardcover – June 10, 2009
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From School Library Journal
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 Kindle Edition edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.Read more ›
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.