Two at the Zoo

Two at the Zoo

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by Danna Smith, Valeria Petrone
     
 


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!… See more details below

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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.

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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)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547049823
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
02/16/2009
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
748,903
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
2 - 3 Years

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