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Author: Maureen Roffey

Illustrator: Maureen Roffey

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Publisher: Macmillan Publishing Company,

Material: hard cover

Summary: This is an interactive book that asks the reader to describe/identify what they 'spy' at the zoo. The book book has action-filled illustrations with new things to see and LOTS to learn: from the obvious (animals) to the subtle details of the diversity of the visitors (e.g., age, size, national origin)

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 5; read yourself: 5 to 7

Interest Level: 1 to 6

Age of Child: Started reading with child 19 months old.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He enjoys the colorful & busy zoo scenes. S/he tries to identify the animals and points at different people in the pictures, especially the babies.

Adult Reader Reaction: The colorful, busy illustrations give children plenty of things to look for, look at and describe. There are things parents can point out, too. A potentially good 'read to myself' book.

Pros: Colorful, busy illustrations provide children with many things to look at and describe. There is something new to 'spy' with every reading. You can be as leading or as laid back as you want.

Cons: The paper pages are not conducive to young toddler hands. Its construction, not its content make it better suited to older children.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This book will be a favorite as toddler grows and has long-term value for exploration.

If You Liked This Book, Try: GOOD NIGHT, GORILLA   IN THE KITCHEN (Learning Center Emergent Reader Series)   THE SNOWMAN (activity book)

Educational Themes: This is good for developing observation & vocabulary skills, game play ("complete the sentences"), animal identification, and introducing diversity.

Notes: This book, with a publication date of 1991, is available used at prices ranging from $1.50 to $7.00.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, animal characters, puzzles

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2003

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