This wonderful book is by Karma Wilson who I’ve mentioned here before and will probably mention again. In this very funny book, a narrator tells a little girl to NEVER, EVER shout in a zoo and then outlines all the terrible things that will happen if she does. It’s quite funny with a great rhyme and rhythm typical of Wilson.
Leslie, the little girl in this book by Mary Jean Hendrick, knows better than to shout in the zoo. She knows so much about animals in fact that she tells all the zookeepers just what to do if something should ever go wrong (bring them to her house to stay). You can imagine what happens. I love the detailed paintings and the matter of fact way this fantastical story is written.
This book is more about animals than zoos, but I like to include at least a couple of books in our weekly choices that are at the earlier preschool level. This book uses animals to demonstrate all the different qualities of a human heart (brave as a lion, silly as a seal, thoughtful as an owl). The animals in the collage illustrations are made up of hearts and we had a lot of fun counting how many hearts we could find on each page.
You can never go wrong with Dr. Seuss and this crazy Seussian version of a zoo is no exception.
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