Zoo Girl

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A strikingly illustrated story with a heartwarming message about family, love, belonging, and home at its heart
 
Zoo girl has no family. In the children's home, she feels lost and alone. On a trip to the zoo, she is accidentally left behind. But the animals love her—and when she's discovered snuggled in a cage with the tigers by the zoo keepers and brought back to the orphanage, she doesn't want to go. Thankfully, the keepers know ...
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Overview


A strikingly illustrated story with a heartwarming message about family, love, belonging, and home at its heart
 
Zoo girl has no family. In the children's home, she feels lost and alone. On a trip to the zoo, she is accidentally left behind. But the animals love her—and when she's discovered snuggled in a cage with the tigers by the zoo keepers and brought back to the orphanage, she doesn't want to go. Thankfully, the keepers know when they first see her that they have found a daughter at last, and return shortly with adoption papers to take her home with them. Zoo girl has found her family at last! Written with just one or two words a page, this simple tale about finding one's place in life is sure to resonate with children everywhere.
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"Truly lovely. . . . It is indeed for all readers, all children and all adults. It shows children what's possible and it puts adults in a position in which we can see and understand everyone, not just the so-called able-bodied. It's fun, it's rhythmic, it's thoughtful."  —Michael Rosen, Children's poet and former UK children's Laureate on Just Because

"Children will easily engage with the emotions of a little girl who longs to be loved. . . . Children will talk endlessly about this book, and teachers will love it."  —Bookseller

"Rebecca Elliott sees and reads colors to great effect."  —Carousel

The book's illustrations are "expressive" and "inviting."  —Examiner.com

"Elliot's lovely story is arrestingly told in beautiful, textured mixed-media illustrations that are evocatively minimalist and ingeniously composed."  –Kirkus Reviews 

Kirkus Reviews
A lonely orphan girl finds her true friends within the walls of the zoo. She has no family and no name (at least in the story). While the other children play on the swing set and slide outside the orphanage, she sits huddled on the grass far away from them. But the mere sight of the animals at the zoo brings a big smile to her face. One day she's left behind there after a visit; she watches the big bus driving away. It might be a scary situation for some, but the little girl plays happily with the polar bear, the penguins and the elephant, among others. Eventually she's found, sleeping snugly with a mama tiger and her cub. "Don't take me!" She cries. But the pair of zoo workers who find her have a surprise. They want to adopt her, the happiest ending one can imagine. "A family." Elliot's lovely story is arrestingly told, in beautiful, a textured mixed-media illustrations that are evocatively minimalist and ingeniously composed, with hardly any text (there are fewer than 20 words all together). Readers are invited to imagine the untold details. A friendly mouse and a smiling blue bird of comparable size appear near her on every page, adding a soupçon of whimsy. A picture really is worth a thousand words. Sublime for young and old, and full of heart. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745962702
  • Publisher: Lion Hudson
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,310,884
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Elliott has illustrated several children’s books, including Jungle Tumble, Monkey Tumbles, My Nativity Jigsaw Book, and My Noah's Ark Jigsaw Book. She is the author and illustrator of Just Because.

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