Z Is for Zookeeper: A Zoo Alphabet

Z Is for Zookeeper: A Zoo Alphabet

by Roland Smith, Marie Smith, Henry Cole
     
 

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The polar bear are splashing in their pool. The monkeys are having the time of their lives in the trees. The lion peacefully observes his surroundings. The zoo is a great place to see animals from all over the world in one place. But who takes care of them and their home the zoo? The zookeeper. In Z is for Zookeeper: A Zoo Alphabet children will learn that he's

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The polar bear are splashing in their pool. The monkeys are having the time of their lives in the trees. The lion peacefully observes his surroundings. The zoo is a great place to see animals from all over the world in one place. But who takes care of them and their home the zoo? The zookeeper. In Z is for Zookeeper: A Zoo Alphabet children will learn that he's probably the busiest person there. And if you don't see the zookeepers, rest assured they're doing their job and doing it well. After all, someone has to feed, clean, nurse and clean up after this diverse adopted family. Who better to write an exploration into this trade than a zookeeper and his wife? Roland Smith brings his 20 years of experience and passion to every line in Z is for Zookeeper. Children will have a front seat into the inner workings, challenges and rewards of a day in the life of the zoo. This trip to the zoo wouldn't be complete without the whimsical animals and settings that spring from school-favorite artist's Henry Cole's expert brush strokes. Z is for Zookeeper: A Zoo Alphabet is a true original, exploring a rarely seen side of one of America's favorite family attractions. As a great keepsake of a fun day or as an educational tool on career day or a fun read before lights out, this detailed account of the zookeeper is sure to change the way readers see the zoo.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The authors and illustrator bring plenty of knowledge and experience to this alphabet book. Roland Smith spent more than twenty years caring for exotic animals and Henry Cole was an elementary and middle-school science teacher. The book can be read on two levels. There is a short rhyming text that accompanies each letter of the alphabet. It is not great poetry, but it is often humorous. Two-thirds of most pages are filled with illustrations and the rhyme. The other third shows the letter of the alphabet in upper and lower case and is followed by several paragraphs of factual information related to the topic and scene. That text is aimed at an older reader. The book can be used to learn the alphabet, to learn about various jobs needed to keep a zoo running and the animals healthy, and to learn about the animals themselves. As always, illustrator Cole injects his own sense of humor. Among the most amusing pictures are one demonstrating the attempt to transport giraffes through a tunnel and another showing zookeepers transporting an anaconda. A good choice for classroom, library or home. 2005, Sleeping Bear/Thompson Gale, Ages 5 to 10.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-Yet another addition to the spectrum of alphabet books available for young readers. This book, like the others in the series, offers "quick-read" rhymes based around the theme for each letter of the alphabet. For example, "Q is for Quarantine./When animals are new,/here they are kept/before entering the zoo." More detailed information and interesting facts appear in the margins for advanced readers or "keener" zoo enthusiasts. Colored-pencil-and-watercolor artwork dominates each spread, but the text is not dwarfed by it. Readers will find the simple pictures as interesting as the text. In addition to the many animal species, they will find ample human representation and descriptions of the important work that these individuals do in caring for their charges.-Corrina Austin, Locke's Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585363292
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Series:
Science Alphabet
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
746,917
Product dimensions:
10.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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