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What's for dinner at the local zoo? Find out in this buffet of fun food facts. This photo essay takes kids behind the scenes at a community zoo to see what and how their favorite animals eat. Colorful photographs and interesting tidbits will leave even the most finicky readers asking for more!

Simple text and photographs depict a variety of zoo animals and the food-related activities of zoo staff, including planning menus, grocery shopping, stocking the refrigerator,...

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Overview

What's for dinner at the local zoo? Find out in this buffet of fun food facts. This photo essay takes kids behind the scenes at a community zoo to see what and how their favorite animals eat. Colorful photographs and interesting tidbits will leave even the most finicky readers asking for more!

Simple text and photographs depict a variety of zoo animals and the food-related activities of zoo staff, including planning menus, grocery shopping, stocking the refrigerator, food preparation, and feeding the animals.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Young children will identify with the fact that different zoo animals like different foods, just as a child and her best friend don't always like to eat the same things. So, what do porcupines, potbellied pigs and polar bears like to eat? Zoo animals and their meals are clearly shown, sometimes revealing the animal's eating habits as well. Would mom let you eat like the panda does, shredding his food at the dining room table? Mention of the petting zoo and feeding the animals will bring back fond memories for some little ones. This book could be a good addition to classroom work about environment, animals or habitat. Random House's "Pictureback" series covers topics from the ABCs to Hanukkah to Whales, and some books are available in Spanish or bilingual editions. 2000, Random House, $3.25. Ages 6 to 8. Reviewer: Chris Gill
Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-19
What do zoo animals eat?Clear, colorful photographs accompany a very simple text to answer this question. This title, originally published as a picture-book paperback in 2000, has been simplified for its transition to the Step into Reading series. Using a very basic vocabulary, simple sentences and repetition, the text touches on food preparation and feeding for elephants, zebras, giraffes, a panda, pigs, tortoises, porcupines, tigers, alligators, a sea lion, polar bears, a macaw, a cockatoo and flamingos. Children feed snacks to goats and eat ice pops themselves. Many of the pictures are the same as in the earlier edition, but some have been reworked. A few new images emphasize the feeding connection: The hand holds a meatball for the tiger behind the bars; another hand feeds a banana to a porcupine. The animal portraits will give struggling readers pleasure, but the narrative, full of exclamation points and questions, will not. Where previously the tiger “struts into her yard and relaxes under a shady tree,” here “he naps in the sun.” This new version may offer practice in associating letter combinations with sounds, but it won’t convey any of the enjoyment that reading can offer. Animal feeding is much more exciting in the DK reader Feeding Time, by Lee Davis(2001), which describes animals in the wild and even includes a picture index.A lesser choice for beginning readers. (Early reader. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375981777
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/22/2014
  • Series: Step into Reading
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 953,856
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • File size: 11 MB
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