twas the day before zoo day

Summary:
The zoo and all the animals prepare for a big day of visitors.
Educational Themes:
There is lots to explore with this book, from animal identification to animal facts. It also encourages letter recognition and sound, such as "what letter does turtle start with?" It wouldn't take much to draw out themes of manners, either (llamas and spitting, giraffes and burping, etc.).
Reading Level:
2.2
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 8
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 7
Age of child:
Read with 3-year-old boy.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a book that will have a long shelf life. Young, pre-readers will love the pages and the story; as they get older there is lots more they can enjoy and learn.
Little Kid Reaction:
My son loved identifying all the animals. He responded strongly to the bright colors, too. This is one he wanted to read again, and he loved attempting to describe what was happening in the picture. He learned more animal identifications and became more comfortable (read: less scared) of new, strange animals.
Big Kid Reaction:
I liked this book. The pictures are colorful and fun. I also love the bonus exercises (matching, animal facts, etc.) in the back.
Pros:

This is colorful and fun. Kids will love that all the animals are smiling and nice, not scary looking. The science/learning material at the end is great.

Cons:

The end of the story was a little anti-climatic, partially because they were trying to fit the pattern of Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore.


Title Twas The Day Before Zoo Day
Author Catherine Ipcizade
Publisher Arbordale Publishing © 2008
Illustrators Ben Hodson
ISBN 9781934359082
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Animal Characters, Picture Book, Nature, Science, Rhyme

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