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Dear Zoo Board book – Illustrated, 4 Dec 2009


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  • Board book: 18 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (4 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330512781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330512787
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 16 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (343 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rod Campbell has been creating innovative books for the under-fives for almost thirty years.

Best known for his classic lift-the-flap book DEAR ZOO, he is also the creator of the much-loved preschool character Buster.

Ingeniously simple with touches of gentle humour, Rod's books have withstood the test of time and prove consistently popular around the world


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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A. Norman on 23 Feb 2007
Format: Board book
What a find! A tough, sturdy board book with flaps requiring different skills. The content absorbs my [...], very active grandson totally, something which few books can do at this stage. The text can be used at different levels from simple animal noises up to story involvement. A clever, interactive, pop-up, which I would highly recommend for little fingers.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Sep 2000
Format: Board book
Dear Zoo is a very readable and enjoyable book, with plenty of appeal, from the gorgeous illustrations to look at, to the flaps to fiddle with, and not least, the potential to make all the appropriate animal noises. This book has remained a favourite from very early on, and we have not grown bored of reading it every day.
As well as being great fun it is also educational, teaching children concepts such as "too tall" and "too grumpy" as well teaching them why zoo animals cannot be kept as pets. Children very quickly learn the order the animals appear in, and the anticipation adds to their enjoyment of this classic book.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Kelleher on 15 Aug 2006
Format: Board book
My daugter is only 9 months but her attention is held simply because she is allowed to grab the flaps and see the animals.

The pages are boards so it's robust to little fingers and the flaps are strong although some adult supervision in needed for those times she wants to eat it.

Great book
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By "denise_mcd" on 12 Nov 2005
Format: Board book
I bought Dear Zoo for my son when he was approx. 6 months old - it is still one of his favourites and he has now just turned 3! He is now telling me what the animals are and what noises they make. A great buy.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By sam155 VINE VOICE on 18 Mar 2008
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
I first heard the story told on Cbeebies story time. I re-enacted it much to my son's amusement and we bought the book at the earliest opportunity. Its a great book with a simply premise- several pets are sent by the zoo and all are unsuitable until the last one "he was perfect. I kept him". Its a lift the flap book with just enough text to keep their attention on each page. The illustrations are simple and bold and the book presents opportunities to talk about proportions and appearances and of course, to make funny animal noises. My son, in his enthusiasm, has wrecked the first one we bought him and we are going to have to buy a new one. That's how much he loves it. Since this book, he has really learnt to enjoy books as a one to one activity with me, which makes me really happy.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Feb 2005
Format: Board book
This has been our 14 month old's favourite book for the last 8 months and it's often the first book picked from the shelf. The suspense in the story, the extra interest of the flaps and the good, clear illustrations all helped in keeping it a firm favourite with his parents too! It's also great fun making the animal noises - which always make our son laugh.
Little fingers loves lifting the flaps and the pages were sturdy enough to cope when he first learnt to turn pages when he was younger (although the flaps took a bit of a battering when he was less than 10 months if there was no parental supervision!).
His father did comment that perhaps sending presents back was not something we should encourage - but that said it's also one of the first books he chooses to read to our son!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By V. Mccourt on 11 Dec 2007
Format: Board book
This was a book given to my daughter for her first birthday. It was a favourite for a long time and has done a lot for promoting her language development. The pictures are lovely. The book is sturdy and unlike some flap books, they do not easily pull off.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Owl VINE VOICE on 27 Jan 2006
Format: Board book
I have used this book for many years with different ages of preschool children who have all enjoyed trying to guess what animal is under the flaps.
I think it not only encourages animal recognition, but animal sounds and size. It is a useful addition to any bookshelf as the children enjoy the text and can then pretend to read the book but adding in the words "I wrote to the zoo etc."
I would recommend this book to any preschool setting and I am sure the children will get lots of enjoyment as the children I have used this book with. It is probably one of the childrens favourite books.
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