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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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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is nice and easy to read. Easy set up. Seems accurate so far (first week). Outside function simple and well designedPublished 9 hours ago by london1234
Timeless classic. This is my 7th purchase of this amazing lift the flap book for toddler to pre school age. Good service as described.Published 8 days ago by jo fitzgerald
This book is a must for all young children. They love to lift the flaps and join in with the story. The sounds are an added bonus!Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
A fantastic classic board book. All little kids will love it. A favourite for all.Published 11 days ago by Tina
As a childhood favourite of my own I had to get this for my 1 year old. Love it.Published 12 days ago by Kate
Absolutely love this book. Read it to my 2 year old all the time. Even bought the little teddies to go with it. Makes a lovely little gift for boys or girlsPublished 15 days ago by Lynnette
Remembering thus from my own childhoid, it was one of the first books I bought for my own children. They both loved it from a few months old and it is still enjoyed by a three year... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer