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Two at the Zoo
     

Two at the Zoo

4.3 3
by Danna Smith, Valeria Petrone (Illustrator)
 

Counting is always more fun when Grandpa helps! From one black bear to ten hairy warthogs, the young narrator and his grandpa count their way through a colorful and sometimes unusual zoo, encountering a wide assortment of friendly animals along the way. There are lions, zebras, and penguins, of course, but also chameleons and eagles . . . and even tarantulas!

Overview

Counting is always more fun when Grandpa helps! From one black bear to ten hairy warthogs, the young narrator and his grandpa count their way through a colorful and sometimes unusual zoo, encountering a wide assortment of friendly animals along the way. There are lions, zebras, and penguins, of course, but also chameleons and eagles . . . and even tarantulas! Playful, quirky illustrations put the loving relationship between the youthful grandfather and the grandson on proud display, while an upbeat, rhymed text full of sparkling verb sounds invites even the youngest readers and listeners to participate.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The characters have big, wide eyes that convey wonder, surprise, and joy, and many of the animals have playful expressions that welcome the humans. An engaging read-aloud for storytime and one-on-one sharing."—School Library Journal

"Smith's picture book debut is a whirlwind trip to the zoo. . . . A great read-aloud."—Kirkus Reviews

"A wild way to help younger kids learn their numbers."—Parenting: Early Years

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
A young boy and his grandfather spend the day together at the zoo. The book's cover and endpapers provide a foreshadowing of the animal to be encountered. During their visit to the zoological garden, they count the different animals. In this counting book from one to ten, there are rhythmic, rhyming verses that describe the boy's adventure. Colorful, cartoonlike pictures capture the day at the zoo and the different animals that they count, starting from one bear all the way up to ten wart hogs. The facial expressions and physical gestures of the boy show his thoughts about the different animals. He imitates the parrots and lions. His wide smile shows his joy of the penguins frolicking in the water. While on the other hand, the spiders cause him to clutch his grandfather's leg with fear. However, both the grandfather and the grandson share a delightful day at the zoo with wishes to return again for another visit someday. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal

PreS-K

A little boy and his grandfather visit the zoo and count a variety of animals from one to 10. The couplets are simple but descriptive: "Baby gators snap at me./Sneaking, peeking.../We count 3." The digital gouache illustrations have vibrant colors, clean lines, and palpable texture. The characters have big, wide eyes that convey wonder, surprise, and joy, and many of the animals have playful expressions that welcome the humans. An engaging read-aloud for storytime and one-on-one sharing.-Linda M. Kenton, Pickleweed Public Library, San Rafael, CA

Kirkus Reviews
Smith takes readers on a whirlwind trip to the zoo with a small boy and his grandpa. After buying matching safari hats, the duo makes the rounds of the animals, counting what they see. From parrots and penguins to eagles and wart hogs, the formula is the same: "Scaly lizards. Color tricks. / Licking, sticking . . . / We count 6." To round out the day, grandpa and grandson have a hot dog and see the sea show. The train takes them back to the gate where they bid goodbye to the zoo and all its animals and promise to return another day. Petrone's digital gouache illustrations milk facial expressions for all they're worth on all the characters, human and animal alike, masterfully capturing the antics of a young boy imitating the animals he sees. While this is not a standout in the overcrowded counting-book genre, there are many elements that make it a great read-aloud for library groups. The rollicking, rhyming text scans well, and the zoo setting allows children to practice their animal-identification skills. (Picture book. 2-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547049823
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
02/16/2009
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
2 - 3 Years

Meet the Author

Danna Smith is the author of several picture books. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two grown children. Visit her website at www.dannasmithbooks.com.
 

Valeria Petrone is the illustrator of Two at the Zoo by Danna Smith and many more picture books for preschoolers. Her artwork has been exhibited around the world. She lives in Milan, Italy. Visit her website at www.valeriapetrone.com.

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Two at the Zoo 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
K picked this book up from his public library. This is a perfect book to read to the younger kids on up. K is 8 and loved the book because it had animals from the zoo. It is easy to read for those that are learning to read or are at the stage 1 to 2 level reading books. The pictures are colorful and bright and go great with the story. Rhyming on every page, which makes it fun to read along with counting on many of each animal is at the zoo!
bp0602 More than 1 year ago
A boy and his grandpa visit the zoo together in this fun rhyming book. They count the animals as they go including a black bear, parrots, penguins, and lions. Preschool through early elementary aged children will enjoy this counting book. The illustrations were fun and will be enjoyable for young children. I recommend this book for the elementary classroom library.
LindaJoySingletonCA More than 1 year ago
My favorite two-year-old keeps asking me to read TWO AT THE ZOO over and over. He loves the spiders, eagles, alligators, penguins and other colorful animals. Two at the Zoo is a delightful rhyming counting book about a grandfather taking his grandson to the zoo. The verse is so natural and fun to read that kids will want to hear it again and again and AGAIN! I recently went to a book signing by Danna Smith for Two at the Zoo and a local zoo had brought in a tarantula. Danna held the tarantula, its furry legs crawling across her gloved hand. Kids and adults snapped pictures and leaned close to look. Danna read her book and signed many copies. She was raised in a home where having snakes, skunks and deer around was normal. Her father still has hundreds of snakes and trains falcons. Writing about wild animals comes naturally to her--as does beautiful rhyming words. Two at the Zoo would make a great Father's Day Gift as well as a wonderful read aloud to any child who loved animals and counting. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!