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Dear Zoo Board book – Illustrated, 2 Jul 2010

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  • Board book: 18 pages
  • Age Range: 1 - 5 years
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Main Market Ed. edition (2 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230747728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230747722
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,005 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

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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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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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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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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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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By sam155 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Mar. 2008
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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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Reviewed by my wife, an early years teacher:
Rod Campbell's lift-the-flap Dear Zoo has become a classic book for young children. You will find it in every nursery and early years classroom, and in countless homes. It leads to all sorts of discussion about what is in each container, sizes, what makes a good pet to have in your home, and has inspired many children to write their own letters. Now, recognising and matching sounds can be added to the fun with the publication of the Noisy Book version. The sounds made by some of the animals will be easily recognised: the lion, the puppy, chattering monkey etc. Others pose more of a challenge: what noise does a giraffe make (leaf munching here) or a grumpy camel? I like the fact that the animal pictures to press for each sound are arranged down the side of the book in a random order, so there is an additional challenge in matching the sound to each animal revealed behind the flaps. My favourite is the frog - and I cannot wait to find out which one my 2 year old granddaughter likes best!
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Format: Board book
This book is a god send! It keeps my one year old entertained for hours - A complete classic, yet could be a modern story too! The "Lift the flaps" helps your child to interact with the story. The flaps in the book are quite strong and have yet to rip or tear. Excellent would recommend this to anybody!
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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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