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What's New at the Zoo? An Animal Adding Adventure
     

What's New at the Zoo? An Animal Adding Adventure

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by Suzanne Slade
 

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Come along on an animal adding adventure. Add baby animals to the adults to see how many there are all together. And while you are at it, learn what some of the zoo animals eat or what the baby animals are called. Follow the lost red balloon as it soars through the zoo. At the end of the day, count up all the animals you have seen. The “For Creative Minds”

Overview

Come along on an animal adding adventure. Add baby animals to the adults to see how many there are all together. And while you are at it, learn what some of the zoo animals eat or what the baby animals are called. Follow the lost red balloon as it soars through the zoo. At the end of the day, count up all the animals you have seen. The “For Creative Minds” educational section includes: How many animals do you see?, Tens make friends, Adding by columns, Fact families, Food for thought, Animal matching activity, and Animal classes.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Little ones enamored of animals can visit eleven favorite critters through this charming verse narrative by Suzanne Slade. This zoo proves both entertaining and educational. In addition to learning about pandas, kangaroos and zebras, children are introduced to basic math concepts—counting and addition—in a playful manner. Indeed, the book is designed to follow kids from the toddler through the early elementary years as the back matter offers counting games and animal facts more sophisticated than the simple information in the text. Watercolor illustrations and colorful borders by Maryland artist and Corcoran instructor Joan Waites enliven the double-page spreads. Kids will enjoy counting the animals, finding their accurately rendered and adorable babies and searching for the elusive red balloon hidden in every picture. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1—An attractive and instructive picture book. On each spread, a rich, full-bleed watercolor painting is accompanied by a rhyming stanza that encourages readers to add up the number of baby and adult zoo animals. The endearing scenes are framed in a bold pattern formed from a detail within the picture itself, to a very pleasing effect. A few zoological terms are deftly slipped into the text. Slade's rhymes are refreshingly successful; they do not succumb to the trap of contrived language, as so often happens with rhyming. An appended section features a composite of all the spreads, allowing kids to review the equations simultaneously; this is followed by further math exercises and an activity for matching facts to the animal babies highlighted in the book. This cheerful package of images and information delivers intellectual nourishment in the guise of a tasty treat for the eyes. It's a fun introduction to early math skills and basic animal facts.—Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR
Kirkus Reviews
On a visit to the zoo, a young boy counts the animal babies and parents in each enclosure, the accompanying rhyme encouraging readers to do the math along with him. "Two tiny peachicks / gather round peahen. / Add one papa peacock. / How many in the pen?" Slade slyly sneaks in some great vocabulary, working the animal baby names into each verse. Equations appear on the corner of each page. Waites provides plenty of details-the borders of each spread are elaborately decorated, while the illustrations arrange the animals naturally (if rather stiffly), resulting in some challenges in spotting each critter. A final spread encourages readers to count how many animals they saw in all at the zoo. Backmatter teaches two methods for adding all the numbers, a section about fact families and a matching game wherein readers can test their memories of baby names against some paragraphs of information about each animal's development. The solid math and informative backmatter make this a worthwhile addition to libraries and math programs. (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607180388
Publisher:
Sylvan Dell Publishing
Publication date:
07/10/2009
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
191,984
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
AD530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Suzanne Slade (What's the Difference?, Spring 2010, What's New at the Zoo?, and Animals are Sleeping) is the author of over 60 books for children. Her works include picture books, biographies, as well as many non-fiction titles about animals, sports, insects, planets, and various science topics. One of her favorite parts of the writing process is researching and learning about new topics. Ms. Slade lives near Chicago with her husband, Mike, two children, and their tiny dog, Corduroy

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What's New at the Zoo? An Animal Adding Adventure 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend this for children who love adding
storiesforchildren More than 1 year ago
If you have two hungry pandas who are eating a bamboo lunch and they are joined by one cub, how many pandas are there to crunch and munch? Children love to look at pictures of animals, so what a wonderful way to introduce them to both the animals themselves, such as elephants, pea fowl, monkeys, boas, brown bears, kangaroos, zebras, giraffes, penguins, and fruit bats, and to basic adding facts too! Suzanne Slade's rhyming text combines with Joan Waites's realistic illustrations to take youngsters on a trip through the zoo not only to learn all about the animals but also to count them. As usual with Sylvan Dell books, four pages in the back have further information "For Creative Minds" that include more material on addition and an animal matching activity. There are also related websites, interactive quizzes, and teaching activities on Sylvan Dell's website to help parents and teachers. What's New at the Zoo is certainly an animal adding adventure.