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Keepers and Creatures at the National Zoo

Keepers and Creatures at the National Zoo

by Peggy Thomson, Paul S. Conklin (Photographer)

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Gr 4-7 With lively text and numerous photos, this animal-oriented look at our national zoo conveys cumulatively its philosophy of operation and reflects the changing role of zoos. The book alludes to the early years1889, when the first keeper would take the elephants to the creek to bathebut concentrates on the present. Thomson describes the care of specific kinds of animals, including the star attractions, the pandas and the white tiger, but also unusual additions, like a bat colony and the pattern-changing cuttlefish. Children will enjoy reading about how seals are trained to retrieve litter from their pool and to trade it in for fish, about the hippo who on her own signals the zoo closing with a series of loud grunts, and about the orang who tried to get his daughter to pass him food by signing for it the way he had seen her taught. While a few of the many photographs are dark and small, they do break up the text and help to create an attractive format. Ruth M. McConnell, San Antonio Public Library

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HarperCollins Publishers
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1st ed
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8 - 12 Years

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