Mealtime For Zoo Animals (32 pp.; PLB Apr. 27; 1-57505-389-6; PLB 1-57505-286-5): It's chow time in the Zoo Animals series, and every one of the animals has a different dinner menu. Since mealtime is one of the biggest draws for young zoo visitors, these full-color photographs of the creatures eating will be a hit. While a rhinoceros clips the lawn like "a giant living lawn mower," an elephant scoops up different fruits (peels included) to make a fruit salad in its mouth. A sentence or two accompanies every photograph, while the simple index helps emerging readers locate pictures of their favorite animals. It makes for a perfect visual outing on those days when the zoo is closed. (Picture book. 4-7)
Caroline Arnold has been writing since 1980 and is the author of 150 books for children. Recent titles include A Polar Bear's World, illustrated with her own cut paper art and winner of the Eureka Award for Nonfiction from the California Reading Association; Taj Mahal, the love story behind the construction of this magnificent monument; Wiggle and Waggle, five stories about two hardworking worms; and a tall tale, The Terrible Hodag and the Animal Catchers, winner of the Parents' Choice Gold Award. Her recent book, A Warmer World, focuses on animals and how they have been impacted by climate change.