Zoo

Zoo

by Gail Gibbons
     
 

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The zoo is a very busy place! From early in the morning until evening comes, a lot goes on to keep the animals safe and comfortable. There are kitchens where people prepare the special diets the animals need. And there are nurseries where zoo keepers raise baby animals until they are big enough to go to their exhibit areas. Here is a lively, behind-the-scenes look at

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The zoo is a very busy place! From early in the morning until evening comes, a lot goes on to keep the animals safe and comfortable. There are kitchens where people prepare the special diets the animals need. And there are nurseries where zoo keepers raise baby animals until they are big enough to go to their exhibit areas. Here is a lively, behind-the-scenes look at just what it takes to keep a zoo running!

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gibbons, an established creator of award-winning nonfiction, now turns her attention to zoos. In her familiar style, combining very simple line drawings, bold colors and an informative narrative, she leads youngsters through an entire day at a large zoo. She includes all sorts of workers: maintenance, food service, keepers, veterinarians and security guards. Unfortunately, this entry is less successful than earlier books. The narrative is informative but neither terribly lively nor exciting. The problem might be in the limitations of her graphic style when paired with this topic. The brilliant details and hues of her machinery and landscapes don't translate as well to her animalsthey lack vitality and interest. Workmanlike, quite useful, but not a first choice. Ages 4-8. (September)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 Before the zoo opens to the public each day a small army of keepers, vendors, and maintenance workers files through the gates early in the morning to perform the daily tasks of cleaning and setting up. Then the crowds flock in to enjoy the animals in their as-natural-as- possible settings and to play in the special Children's Zoo. A multi-ethnic group of women and men are shown preparing spe cial diets, sluicing out cages, checking on their animal charges, tidying the grounds, selling food and souveniers, and con structing a new exhibit. Male and female veterinarians tend an elephant with a stomachache and a lion with a painful tooth. The busy pictures are filled with details and action. The writing is crisp, clear, and informative. This interesting look behind the zoo scenes is illustrated in Gibbons' usual flat, simple, clearly-de fined style in the very bright colors so ap pealing to young children. Patricia Pearl, First Presbyterian School, Mar tinsville, Va.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780690046311
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/1987
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Gail Gibbons, author of more than one hundred books, is the winner of the Washington Post/Children’s Book Guild Award for her overall contribution to children’s nonfiction literature. Called a “master of picture book nonfiction” by ALA Booklist, Ms. Gibbons has a special talent for making complex subjects understandable and entertaining for young readers.

Gail Gibbons, author of more than one hundred books, is the winner of the Washington Post/Children’s Book Guild Award for her overall contribution to children’s nonfiction literature. Called a “master of picture book nonfiction” by ALA Booklist, Ms. Gibbons has a special talent for making complex subjects understandable and entertaining for young readers.

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