Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book
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Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book

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by Rod Campbell
     
 

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Dear Zoo is twenty-five years old — and still as popular as ever!

And with an updated look, this children's classic is sure to delight a new generation of readers!

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Dear Zoo is twenty-five years old — and still as popular as ever!

And with an updated look, this children's classic is sure to delight a new generation of readers!

Editorial Reviews

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Rod Campbell's delightful lift-the-flap classic with this sturdy board book version for toddlers. The artwork has been updated for a spiffy new look, but the charming story line remains unchanged: A child writes a letter to the zoo, requesting a pet. The zoo sends back a parade of animals, all of them unsuitable for one reason or another. Each colorful spread depicts a container (a basket, a crate, a cage, etc.), revealing just enough of the mysterious contents to encourage fun-filled guessing. But the real enjoyment is watching the delight on children's faces as the last shipment arrives with (ta-da!) the perfect pet. A perennial family favorite, Dear Zoo continues to captivate -- even a quarter century after its original publication!
Children's Literature
Campbell's lift-the-flap book, imported from England two decades ago, now has a new, celebratory format as a board book. It's still the same story of a child writing to the zoo to request a pet. A series of animals are sent and rejected as too big, too tall, too fierce¾until at last the perfect pet arrives. It is necessary, of course, to lift the flaps to discover the animals rejected, and the one accepted. It makes for a nice little toddler-level guessing game. As there are new toddlers coming along every few years, Campbell's little book just might remain in print forever. 2002 (orig. 1982), Little Simon,
— Kathleen Karr
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
For kids who enjoy repetition and are working on recognizing animals, this lift-the-flap board book will be well received. The young narrator has asked the zoo to send a pet (caregivers may need to explain that a zoo really would not do this). As each crate arrives, kids open the flap to reveal an animal. Then the narrator tells why the animal was sent back. It is interactive, amusing, and has a little surprise at the end. The simple, bright illustrations are set on sturdy white pages, and the shape of the crate and other hints in the picture will have kids quickly guessing which animal has arrived. This is the 25th anniversary edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416947370
Publisher:
Little Simon
Publication date:
05/08/2007
Series:
Dear Zoo & Friends Series
Edition description:
Anniversary Edition
Pages:
18
Sales rank:
6,864
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 5.62(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
BR (what's this?)
Age Range:
1 - 2 Years

Meet 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.

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.

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Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
MomMD More than 1 year ago
I have been reading this book to my daughter since she was 6 months old. Though intrigued, she didn't get into flipping the flaps until 7 months of age. But, as soon as she was interested, I was surprised at how well she could figure out how to open all the flaps. The story is simple enough, the illustrations are great, and I love that the flaps all open from a different side on every page so that baby keeps engaged. She is 11 months now and still loves this book. Each animal gets a kiss before she gingerly closes the flap and turns the page. This will surely become a classic addition to any nursery.
Beachplumbaby More than 1 year ago
This is a classic story that I have read and reread with my young girls over the years. They really enjoy lifting the flaps to see and say which animal is hiding behind them. I had bought this 25th anniversary edition to replace my old, worn copy. However - once I got home I noticed that they "updated" all the pictures. They are not the same as in the original edition! I was very disappointed, and so were my girls. I don't understand why they (the publishers? the author?) felt the need that this classic story needed new illustrations. It was perfect the way it was. What a bummer!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I work with special needs preschoolers who absolutely love this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is an adorable book and my 22 month old loves to read it over and over again!
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Umar More than 1 year ago
My 5 year old kid is at a 3 year level in acedemics - unfortunate effect of giving custody to mom for so long. He loved it!