The Zoopendous Surprise!

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Based on real events, this enchanting tale tells the story of two elephants who live at the Little Rock Zoo in Arkansas. Ellen is an elephant who has lived almost her whole life in the zoo while her roommate, Mary, used to work for the circus. Little do these two know that their zookeeper has planned a surprise for them and has let all of the other zoo animals in on it. The story builds suspense as the elephants try to find out what is the big surprise. Finally it's revealed - it's a birthday party Ellen and ...

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Overview

Based on real events, this enchanting tale tells the story of two elephants who live at the Little Rock Zoo in Arkansas. Ellen is an elephant who has lived almost her whole life in the zoo while her roommate, Mary, used to work for the circus. Little do these two know that their zookeeper has planned a surprise for them and has let all of the other zoo animals in on it. The story builds suspense as the elephants try to find out what is the big surprise. Finally it's revealed - it's a birthday party Ellen and Mary!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Joan Elste
A wonderful, heartwarming story based on two real elephants living at a zoo in Arkansas, will absolutely charm a young audience. These two Asian elephants, best friends in real life, are in for a big surprise as they watch the zookeepers carrying a large box into the zoo one day. They visit each of the other animals in the zoo, asking them what is happening. All the other animals will say is that it is a surprise. The suspense builds as the two elephants finally head back home from their walk in time for their baths. They are just about to give up and take a short nap when one of them notices something different at the end of their enclosure. Children will love the expectation, waiting for the surprise. This book is simply told and visually attractive with bright, cheerful illustrations; the combination of the two makes this a charming read for young children. Reviewer: Joan Elste
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979203558
  • Publisher: Pleasant St. Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,382,825
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Boots Hensel is the founder of a painting and mural business. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida. Andrea Gabriel is an illustrator and author of several books for children, including Eaglet's World, My Favorite Bear, Where Do I Sleep?, and Where Would I Be in an Evergreen Tree? She lives in Bellingham, Washington.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

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    Great hit for kids who love the zoo

    If you were an elephant in the zoo and the keepers began whispering about having a surprise and not telling the elephants about it, what would you think? Mary and Ellen are Asian elephants at the zoo. One day, they watch a couple of keepers carrying a big box into the zoo. They see a delivery truck stop at the gate with a long table and balloons. As they take their walk, they ask Mahale the chimpanzee, BJ the giraffe, Nyla and Sidney the lions, and Einstein the wise old owl if they know what's going on, but no one will tell them anything. What do you think it is?
    This book is based upon a true event. Mary and Ellen are real elephants living at the Little Rock Zoo in Arkansas, and their surprise birthday party at the zoo in 2005 was just like what happened in this story. Author Boots Hensel's daughter Courtney was the elephants' keeper until her untimely death which was the inspiration for the book. Andrea Gabriel's colorful illustrations of the animals and action are quite attractive. A portion of the author's royalties will be donated to the Little Rock Zoo. Children love to read about and look at animals, so The Zoopendous Surprise will be a great hit.

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