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Zoo - ology Hardcover – October 3, 2003

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PreSchool-Grade 3-Jolivet presents striking, oversized panoramas of living creatures from all corners of the globe. The animals appear in eclectic groups such as "underground," "at night," or "black and white" rather than more conventional divisions. The resulting patterns reveal the variety yet interconnectedness of the living world. Younger children will enjoy hunting for the chameleon that can be found on each spread, which may be challenging since it changes color and posture from page to page. Adults may consult the four pages of notes written in small type at book's end to learn a fact or two about each animal. However, the text is really a supplement to the splendid illustrations. Besides its attraction for browsers and its potential as an attention-getting introduction to studies about animals, the book could serve as a stimulus for students working on graphic-design projects. Consequently, the audience for this lovely volume may extend well beyond the primary grades.
Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
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PreS. A teeming zoo of creatures swims, flies, and stampedes through the nearly two-foot-tall pages of this beautifully illustrated French import. There are few words and no story. Instead, Jolivet groups her animals loosely into sometimes rhyming categories related to habitats, habits, or appearance: "In the Trees, "In the Seas, "At Night," "Spots and Stripes," and so on. Rendered in bright colors and in the bold, clean lines and graphic contrasts of linoleum cuts, the animals appear in chaotic spreads that may be more decorative than instructive. But the book's magnificent size and diversity of animals make a powerful visual impact that will easily attract preschoolers to the expansive pages, where they'll point to the animals they know and discover a world of new species. Browsers will also like the hide-and-seek game offered by a hidden chameleon on each page. An appendix, printed in tiny type, offers one or two facts about each of the many animals featured in the book. An unusual, and unusually handsome, offering. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (October 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761318941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761318941
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 0.5 x 17.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Marcia Taylor on October 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This larger than life book appeals to children because of it's very large size. The art work is outstanding and because there is very little written word except the name of all the animals it lends itself to discussion. My 2-1/2 year old grandson Gavin loves it. Also on every page is a chameleon who changes to be like the animals on the page, so finding him is another adventure for young folks. Animals are grouped in interesting ways, for example "black and white animals", not your average animal book. As a biologist, animal lover, and grandparent it is an A+ read. And at such a reasonable price I bought two. Buy it, you will love it!
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By L Ondocin on November 29, 2013
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Beautiful illustrations, interesting way to categorize animals. A great book for children 3&up (maybe 2) but I'm sure older children will love it too. The huge format makes it a bit hard for my almost 4 yr old but he's learning to be very careful. I gave this as 4&5 yr old birthday gifts (about six of them) - that's how much I liked it.
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This is such a beautifully-made, seemingly simple book. I love the diversity of animals from all over the world. It inspires my kids (age 2 & 5) and I to learn more about animals we've never heard about before, and it's cool to see animals you wouldn't expect to see together put into groups with similar characteristics. It's one of the most-requested books in our house, even though there's no story to "read." My daughter uses it to help figure out how to draw, too!
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Beautiful book. This book is huge and my daughter just loves looking at all the animals. They've put a chameleon on each page and my daughter loves finding the "lizard" on every page. The back of the book has some interesting facts on each animal. Fantastic book!
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I loved this book. It's an oversized book and it's full of animals that you find in the Zoo. The illustrations of the animials are simply beautiful. Exactly my taste. The book has barely any text, only pages full of animials along with their names.
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My daughter found this book at a preschool class one day, being an animal lover I *had* to get it. This book is wonderful, it has such a wide variety of animals, names for every single one, and in the back there is an index of sorts, with every animal listed alphabetically, the page(s) they can be found on, and some interesting facts about each one. Really a fantastic book. I'm so glad we came across it or I'd never have known about this awesome book!

And the opinion that matters most: Our daughter adores it. So much that she has "broke it" (ripped it) a few times with all her excited page turning. She can name a good portion of the animals, and now is to the age of asking what the unrecognized ones are and attempting to repeat the names.
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This very large picture book is for the child who is inquisitive, loves animals of all kinds, and never tires of seeing the pictures and learning the names of animals. I have purchased this twice and will again. Also, it has held up incredibly.
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By Art Now on December 16, 2006
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I love this book. I am an art teacher and I use this book in my class as reference for all the beautiful yet simple graphic shapes Ms. Jolivet produces in her work depicting animals
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