Feeding Time at the Zoo

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This photographic Step into Reading Science leveled reader delivers a “you are there” Step 2 experience for children who know the alphabet and are eager to begin reading.
 
Sherry Shahan’s Feeding Time at the Zoo is a photographic introduction to the food all kinds of zoo animals eat. Did you know that polar bears enjoy fish—and strawberries? And that pigs love salad? With simple text, vivid pictures of animals and children, and facts on ...

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Overview

This photographic Step into Reading Science leveled reader delivers a “you are there” Step 2 experience for children who know the alphabet and are eager to begin reading.
 
Sherry Shahan’s Feeding Time at the Zoo is a photographic introduction to the food all kinds of zoo animals eat. Did you know that polar bears enjoy fish—and strawberries? And that pigs love salad? With simple text, vivid pictures of animals and children, and facts on every page, this is a perfect choice for young animal lovers just learning to read on their own.

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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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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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385371902
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/22/2014
  • Series: Step into Reading Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 173,269
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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