I have decided to share books in sets of three each Tuesday that center around one theme. The theme for today? The zoo! Summer is a great time to explore all of the exotic and interesting animals that make their home at the zoo. At our local zoo, the Kansas City Zoo, we get to travel from Africa, to Australia, to Asia and back home all in one day! I have to say, Africa is probably my favorite! I love to see the giant giraffes, the zany-striped zebras, and the hippos hunkered down in their mud-holes. Below I review three books that have give my kiddos and I an opportunity to meet (and even hear!) those animals, and more, at home when we are not at the zoo. And then when we do get a chance to visit the zoo, it makes the experience that much more entertaining and educational. Happy zooing!
Simple First Sounds: Noisy Zoo
Noisy Zoo is written like a science textbook, and since I prefer narrative and literature, this style took a little geting used to; however, young ones can learn about the animals' body parts, habitats, and distinct characteristic. What I enjoy about this book is that it engages young babies with the sounds and colorful photographs, while also growing with the child and teach older ones new animal vocabulary and facts.
Our local librarian introduced the fun book Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Bookto us during story hour last year. A child narrator writes to the zoo asking for a pet. Young
readers turn each page "opening" a package from the zoo, but the
animals are just not suited for being pets--the giraffe is too tall, the lion
too fierce, and on it continues. Will the zoo find the right animal pet to
send? Read for yourselves to find out!
Alphabeasties and Other Amazing Types
Alphabeasties: And Other Amazing Types at your local library to see what I mean--words alone cannot do this book justice.