Our Class Took a Trip to the Zoo

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Shirley Neitzel and Nancy Winslow Parker have been at it again, and the happy result is more rollicking rebus fun! Soon-to-be readers will roar, squawk, and growl with glee at the disheveled (and delighted) narrator's account of how things go awry but come out just right during a school trip to the zoo. Better bring a snack, though, because nothing is spared?not even a carefully packed lunch?in this tale that won't be tamed. Includes seven full-color rebus pages!
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Overview

Shirley Neitzel and Nancy Winslow Parker have been at it again, and the happy result is more rollicking rebus fun! Soon-to-be readers will roar, squawk, and growl with glee at the disheveled (and delighted) narrator's account of how things go awry but come out just right during a school trip to the zoo. Better bring a snack, though, because nothing is spared—not even a carefully packed lunch—in this tale that won't be tamed. Includes seven full-color rebus pages!
About the Author:Shirley Neitzel and Nancy Winslow Parker have previously collaborated on several best-selling rebus books. The author lives in Grand Rapids, MI and the illustrator divides her time between New York City and Mantoloking, NJ.

A cumulative verse with rebuses in which a young boy has a wonderful day at the zoo, despite a series of mishaps with the animals.

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Publishers Weekly
Shirley Neitzel and Nancy Winslow Parker collaborate on their eighth endeavor, Our Class Took a Trip to the Zoo. Parker's illustrations stand in for each missing item in the cumulative text, about a boy who loses his hat and even his pants during his zoo visit. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
A rebus is always fun to share with little ones, as they are so eager to look at the pictures and chime in with the words so they can participate in the reading of the story. The author and illustrator have collaborated on a number of these books and, just as class trips to the zoo are popular with kids, this story about one such eventful trip will be as well. A young boy loses his jacket, drops his lunch, tears his pants, has his hat blown off and suffers any number of other minor calamities while visiting with the animals. Does it ruin his trip? Of course not. He may be dirty, disheveled, hungry and broke, but he has made friends with the zoo creatures and now he says, "I wish I could be a zookeeper, too, and spend every day right here at the zoo." The kids will love the cumulative effect of the story and parents will enjoy it also, especially those parents who have one of those kids who can leave the house looking clean and neat and then, no matter where he goes, come home looking as though he's rummaged through a dumpster. 2002, Greenwillow/HarperCollins,
— Carolyn Mott Ford <%ISBN%>068815543X
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-One mishap after another befalls a young boy as he visits the zoo. He leaves his coat with the chimpanzee, he drops his lunch when a bear startles him, and so it goes. ("A button popped off by the lions' den, I tore my pants on the ostriches' pen when our class took a trip to the zoo.") Each item is shown against a white background and is then cumulated as a rebus. When his sympathetic teacher asks what happened, the child recounts his experiences and the illustrations show the animals and the objects. In the end, the zookeepers give him some of their clothing to wear home. Parker's charming watercolor, pencil, and ink illustrations are cheery and full of fun. Children will enjoy the format and chiming in on the repetitive verses. Pair this with Peggy Rathmann's Good Night, Gorilla (Putnam, 1994) for a jolly storyhour.-Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Neitzel continues her rebus stories (I'm Not Feeling Well Today, 2001, etc.), this time with a zoo setting of sorts. Her cumulative piece of verse has the mesmerizing qualities of a drone, with its eight-count beat, but the series of incidents it describes, along with Parker's jaunty rebus-filled, pen-and-pencil artwork, keep the work rolling merrily along on a tide of rhyme and cottony color. On a trip to the zoo, a young boy first forgets his jacket when visiting with the chimpanzees. Then he spills his lunch and rips his pants and pops a button in a cascading number of mishaps that by the end of the tale has him left in rags and tatters, but dazzled by the fun he has been having and the new friends he has been meeting. Eventually, it all piles up: "my shirt got wet at the water fountain, / my hat blew away near Billy Goat Mountain, / a button popped off by the lion's den, / I tore my pants on the ostriches' pen . . . " with appropriate insertions of rebuses with each happenstance. Both the artwork and the verse have a tranquillity about them that is comforting, while the minor calamities that beset the zoo-goer are enough to keep piquing the reader's interest. Still funny after all these years. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688155438
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/1902
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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