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Dear Zoo: Lift the Flaps Board book – 24 Oct 1997
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About the Author
Rod Campbell, the founder of Campbell Books, has been writing and illustrating books for babies for over twenty-one years. He is the highly acclaimed and popular author of the BUSTER books. His top-quality books for toddlers are well-known amongst both teachers and parents of pre-school children
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I bought the book as a treat to the children in the nursery where I work as they like the original one. I know young children enjoy interactive book but it got torn off by the toddlers. I think the one with the sound would be more popular. I read the reviews before I bought the book, I am pleased that the book arrived earlier than the stated schedule and in excellent condition.
The size of this book is larger than the original one. So it is much better to be used in a small group setting (up to eight so each child can have his/her turn). I read the book today with a group of children from 2 to 4 years old. They were eager to listen to me reading the book and let them guess, open the flaps and press the buttons for the sound.
I got it in a cheaper deal and I consider it a good investment.
Some people may think it is wrong for the author to use 'He' only for all the animals. Except the lion with the mane, all the other animals can be male or female. I can use either 'It' or 'She'. If I read the book only to older children, I can also ask them to describe the appearance of each animal, what do they eat, where do they live in the wild... I think the book is helpful in promoting reading to young children before they become addicted to tablets. or mobile phones.
Its an extremely simple story- but with the open up windows the story becomes interactive for the child- and my son likes saying what he knows are behind the flaps.
It's ridiculously repetitive- but my boy adores it and we always add little extras ourselves to the story to keep in interesting.
Each double page has an ending the is repeated, meaning you can make a nice little rhyme out of it when you read it and the child(ren) can join in as they know what is coming. The story is simply but flows and the different flaps hiding each animal are bright, creative and in all different shapes and sizes.
I STRONGLY recommend this book as I believe it is one of the essentials needed in every house!
It is a lift-the-flap board book, which I find are always popular. The story is a very simple one, of a child who has written to the zoo to send them a pet. The zoo sends on various animals, but there is always a problem – the animal is either too big or too tall and so on.
My daughter loves this book. She’s had it since she was born, but even now she is approaching two she still reads it a lot. She loves naming the different animals and talking about them. She doesn’t seem to get board of the lift-the-flap element. I would definitely recommend this book for babies and young toddlers alike.
The sturdy flaps and pages make it easy for young readers and adults and children can gave fun making animal noises as they read.
Still one of the best books for babies and young children.
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