Digger and Daisy Go to the Zoo (Digger and Daisy Series #1)by Judy Young
Meet Digger and Daisy! They are brother and sister. These dogs like to explore their world and see new things. Sometimes they agree with each other. Sometimes they disagree. But no matter the situation, one thing always stays the same—their steadfast love and concern for each other. In playful, simple stories written especially for the K-1 audience, author Judy Young explores the dynamics and nuances of the sibling relationship. In Digger and Daisy Go to the Zoo Digger tries to imitate the various animals they see while Daisy tries to tell him what he can and cannot do.
K-Gr 2—This early reader series features dog siblings Digger and Daisy. In Picnic, Daisy stops to look at things, while Digger likes to smell them. Daisy tells him the name of different objects that catch his attention: flowers, a lemon tree, pie on the neighbor's windowsill, and hot dogs on a grill. When Digger explores a golf hole, his nose is filled with dirt, and he cannot smell any of their picnic food, but his nose recovers as they approach home and encounter a skunk. In Zoo, Digger tries to copy the animals. He falls over when he tries to stand on one leg like the flamingo, attempts to climb a tree like the monkeys, wants to eat leaves from a tree like the giraffes, and learns to swim in a pond like the ducks. The books feature large a font, with lines that are short and easy to scan, and the bold, cartoon illustrations cheerfully reinforce the text with ample picture clues. Young readers will enjoy sharing these excursions.—Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI
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It was a very hot day and Daisy and Digger had to think of something to do. “Do you want to go to the zoo?” Daisy asked Digger. Yes, that was the perfect thing to do on a hot day. They looked at all kinds of birds. Big ones, little ones, red, green, “yellow and blue birds, too.” There was a very funny pink bird standing on one leg. Digger claimed, “I want to stand like that bird.” He tried and went this way and that and that way and this. Boom! “And over he falls.” No, Digger couldn’t stand like that bird. Daisy said they couldn’t walk on one leg, but they could “walk on two legs.” Next they went to see the monkeys. “I want to climb a tree,” said Digger. No, that would never do because they couldn’t climb trees, “But we can climb stairs,” said Daisy and they did just that. A giraffe was munching and crunching on a leaf. “Digger wants to eat a leaf from a tree.” No, that would never do. There were lots of things that Digger could do, but just what were they? This is a fun day with Digger and Daisy at the zoo that very young readers will love. Of course Digger thought he might just want to do a lot of things that the zoo animals could do, but every time he tried he simply couldn’t do them. Daisy, of course would laugh and then remind him there were things that he could do. Of course the humorous emphasis is on those fun things that Digger can do rather than those he can’t. The tale is very animated and the chipper artwork is perfect for this mini-adventure story. Digger and Daisy are a brother and sister team that will definitely be a hit series for beginning readers. Appropriate for grades K to 1. Quill says: The very youngest readers will love the new sister and brother team, Daisy and Digger, as they are off on their very first adventure!