Zoo Girl

Zoo Girl

by Rebecca Elliott
     
 

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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 she soon receives a warm welcome from the animals . . . and when the keepers find her snuggled in a cage they know they have found a daughter at last.

Overview

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 she soon receives a warm welcome from the animals . . . and when the keepers find her snuggled in a cage they know they have found a daughter at last.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745967752
Publisher:
Lion Hudson
Publication date:
06/17/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
15 MB
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Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

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From the Publisher
"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 

Meet the Author

Rebecca Elliott the highly praised author-illustrator behind Lion's highly acclaimed picture books Just Because and Sometimes, tackling big issues with sensitivity and optimism. She has also been published by Bloomsbury and Top That. Her website is at rebeccaelliott.com

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