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Dear Zoo Board book – Illustrated, 2 Jul 2010
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The classic animal lift-the-flap book
About the Author
Rod Campbell has been writing and illustrating children's books for over thrity 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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Rod Campbell's classic lift-the-flap book Dear Zoo has been a firm favourite with toddlers and parents alike ever since it was first published in 1982.
Young children will love lifting the flaps to discover the animals the zoo has sent - a monkey, a lion and even an elephant! But will they ever manage to send the perfect pet?
With bright, bold artwork, a catchy refrain and a whole host of favourite animals, Dear Zoo is a must for every child's bookshelf - and the thick card pages, chunky cased cover and sturdy flaps make it perfect for small hands.
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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.
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.
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.
I think this is a must for people with little ones!
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