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An ordinary trip to the zoo turns out to be extraordinary as an imaginative fun-filled animal adventure takes hold of a little girl. (Meanwhile her poor beleaguered parents experience an adventure of their own.) Its a trip youngest animal lovers explorers and dreamers will want to take again and again.
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An ordinary trip to the zoo turns out to be extraordinary as an imaginative fun-filled animal adventure takes hold of a little girl. (Meanwhile her poor beleaguered parents experience an adventure of their own.) Its a trip youngest animal lovers explorers and dreamers will want to take again and again.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Two stories run side by side through this tale of a trip to the zoo with mom and dad. Our young narrator describes her adventures in the terse, matter-of-fact text, as she visits the monkey house, Bear Hill, the hippos, elephants, giraffes, the aviary, and finally the gorillas. But the illustrations are telling a much more exciting story. The tales begin to divide as a colorful peacock appears amid the muted colors and seems to orchestrate the full-color adventures, which alternate with the gray-toned double-page scenes involving the parents' search for their wandering child. There's an inviting vitality to the roughly applied color and collage-like superimposition of flowers, birds, and perhaps the parents. The colors on the jacket and the title page stand out from the muted background to hint at the visual story inside, as do the characters on the end-papers. Both stories are light-hearted but intriguing; there is some irony in the sight of the worn-out, perplexed parents while our heroine remarks, "I love the zoo. It's very exciting. Mom and dad think so too."
Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
Originally published in Korea in 2004, this clever book about a nameless young girl's trip to the zoo with her parents tells two stories: one with narrative and another with the pictures. Illustrations are well-rendered, with animals more realistically drawn and the people more stylized. Elements of Asian lifestyle and architecture are apparent in the drawings but don't distract the reader from the story. The young girl's party with the animals in the zoo is portrayed in fantastical bright colors, while her parents' discovery that she has wandered off, though portrayed in shades of gray, is filled with emotion and movement. Parents and child are reunited at the end and we are left wondering what really happened—providing a great opportunity for adults reading with children to ask just that question. Illustrated endpapers lead us into and out of one version of the story.
School Library Journal

Gr 2-5
A pleasant family outing takes a surreal turn. A little girl begins, "I went to the zoo with my mom and dad," then lists the various animals they visit. The pictures, however, tell another story. Somber gray and dark-blue-toned illustrations depict humans looking into empty cages. The girl darts away, following a peacock into a colored landscape. As her frightened parents search for her, the child plays with an increasing assortment of vividly hued animals before she is found sleeping on a bench. She finishes, "I love the zoo. It's very exciting. Mom and Dad think so too." Lee's illustrations, a complex mix of pastels, pen and ink, and collage, are full of intriguing details. At the beginning, the child is grayish like the rest of the landscape. When she is with the animals, she is depicted in color. Even after she rejoins her parents, her cheeks, coat, and single boot are a bright pink. The cover and endpaper illustrations contain important elements that inform one's interpretation of the events. Before the story begins, readers see an empty monkey house and an ape leaving through a hole in the fence to join other beckoning animals. The back cover shows the animal back in the monkey house, admiring a small pink boot. This sophisticated picture book may be best appreciated by older readers who are willing to explore its complicated visual images.
—Lucinda Snyder WhitehurstCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933605289
  • Publisher: Kane/Miller Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 772,219
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.60 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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