Dear Zoo Animal Shapes Hardcover – Illustrated, 12 Apr 2012
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A first book of zoo animals, based on the classic Dear Zoo
About the Author
Rod Campbell has been writing and illustrating children's books for over 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 are loved by children, parents and teachers alike.
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Inside the hardback binding of the book are 8 board book pages with large pictures of animals on them, each animal occupying its own page. The pages have been vaguely cut around the shapes of the animals on their 3 unbound edges. Due to the nature of the cut-outs you get the same animal pictured on both sides of the page. The first side of the animal has its name printed on it, while legends 'too big', 'too tall', etc. are printed on the back. I'm not as keen on this as I could be. The pictures are nice and a good size, but by scaling all the animals to full page size it makes it a bit difficult for little children to see the reasons for sending the animals back to the zoo: the frog and puppy end up the same size as the elephant and giraffe!
The structuring of the last page in the book - which summarises the plot of 'Dear Zoo' - is a bit confusing, saying that all the animals were sent back... then contradicting this with a statement about having kept the puppy.
It's a pretty toddler book, and it has nice illustrations. But it's very much an adjunct to 'Dear Zoo' and does nothing in terms of teaching about shapes/sizes.
You cant go wrong with this pre-school story for 1-4 yr olds. especially for the price
In fact the only "shapes" are the shapes of the pages which are cut out approximately around the shape of the animals - eg the elephant page is very roughly elephant-shaped. There's no shapes which I could use as a teaching aid for my toddler.
It's an attractive but very basic board book. On each page there is a picture of an animal and its name, on the reverse, a description - eg "too big", "too naughty" etc until you get to the puppy which is "perfect!".
My son has the lift the flap version of the book and I vastly prefer it. It's more entertaining. The "shapes" version adds nothing so I would recommend sticking with the original.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My daughter really likes this book and its lack of any words allows free rein to make up stories and the like. Read morePublished on 7 July 2012 by Durham James
My 2 year old loves his dear Zoo but this is not the best edition. It is basically the same as the standard Dear Zoo but the pages are animal shaped not square and half of the... Read morePublished on 19 April 2012 by The Steel Remains
The original Dear Zoo is a phenomenally popular book with its lift up flaps and clear illustrations. This edition is a board book aimed at younger children than the original was. Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2012 by Moonlit
A board book version of the children's favourite 'Dear Zoo'.
There are already a few different editions of this book available, from a clip on mini board book for pushchairs... Read more