If I Ran the Zoo

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Animals abound in Dr. Seuss?s Caldecott Honor?winning picture book If I Ran the Zoo. Gerald McGrew imagines the myriad of animals he?d have in his very own zoo, and the adventures he?ll have to go on in order to gather them all. Featuring everything from a lion with ten feet to a Fizza-ma-Wizza-ma-Dill, this is a classic Seussian crowd-pleaser. In fact, one of Gerald?s creatures has even become a part of the language: the Nerd!

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Animals abound in Dr. Seuss’s Caldecott Honor–winning picture book If I Ran the Zoo. Gerald McGrew imagines the myriad of animals he’d have in his very own zoo, and the adventures he’ll have to go on in order to gather them all. Featuring everything from a lion with ten feet to a Fizza-ma-Wizza-ma-Dill, this is a classic Seussian crowd-pleaser. In fact, one of Gerald’s creatures has even become a part of the language: the Nerd!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385379052
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Series: Classic Seuss Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 107,121
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 13.50 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Theodor Seuss Geisel—aka Dr. Seuss—is, quite simply, one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. The forty-four books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck; the Pulitzer Prize; and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody.

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  • Posted December 29, 2012

    Your children will enjoy this

    I gave this to my 7 year old granddaughter for Christmas with a Beany Baby lion attached to the book and she loved it. Dr. Seuss books are always excellent for children no matter the story.

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

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    Dr. Seuss once more ignites childhood ponderings.

    Dr. Seuss once more ignites childhood ponderings.

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  • Posted January 26, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    My son loves this book when we get it from the library and now he has his own copy.

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  • Posted January 17, 2012

    Highly Recommended - classic rhyming wonderful Seuss

    All those wonderful strange names, all those amazing illustrations and made-up animals and vehicles... it's terrific, old school Seuss. We bought it as a gift for our 9-year old daughter who loves Seuss; it's challenging and tongue-twisting for reading aloud and completely entertaining!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2011

    Imaginative-fun for kids

    The drawings are fascinating and my grandson loves the names. Dr Seuss uses the word "Nerd" in 1950...a man ahead of his time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2010

    A Dr. Seuss classic ... ready to be read and reread.

    Seems you almost can't go wrong with Dr. Seuss and children.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Classic Dr.Seuss

    Just a hoot, as are most of Dr. Seuss' books for the younger set. Great for read-alouds to one or more kiddies and FUN for the reader, too!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2007

    As Dr. Seuss inspires us all...

    Dr. Seuss used to say ¿A person¿s a person, no matter how small. Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted.¿ Dr. Seuss was created by Theodor Geisel in 1954. Life, the magazine, had published a report of illiterate children in the school system. They suggested children were having trouble reading because the books were boring, so they did not want to read them. Theodor¿s publisher urged him to send in an essay to explain what words he thought were important for children to learn. Then Theodor used these words to create a children¿s book called The Cat in the Hat. The illustrations and sounds helped to teach basic reading skills. Dr. Seuss helped millions of kids learn to read. I always loved to read Dr. Seuss books because they always were fun to read from the beginning to the end. If I Ran The Zoo brought back good memories and I had a blast reading the book again. The book is a tribute to the imagination of children the book ends with a reminder that all extraordinary creatures exist only in the head of Gerald McGrew. It is all about the imagination and how they use it. For example, in the book Gerald states: But if I ran the zoo, Said young Gerald McGrew, I¿d make a few changes. That¿s just what I¿d do¿ Gerald McGrew is a child who went to visit the zoo, but he found that the animals were not good enough. He said he would make changes if ran the zoo. He would bring animals from here and there, from up and down, and from anywhere. What type of animals does he bring to the zoo? What do the people think of his new zoo? Read the book to find out. If I Ran The Zoo is one of many picture books written by Theodor. He has created a character that is loved by every one of all generations. Dr. Seuss will keep helping children learn to read and is a hero himself. Reading level of the book is third grade, ninth month. Seuss, Dr. If I Ran The Zoo. New York: Random House, 1950.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2000

    Put your imagination to work!

    I loved this book so much as a child that I had to buy it for my children. Very fun to read!

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