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WHAT'S NEW AT THE ZOO; An Animal Adding Adventure

Author: Suzanne Slade

Illustrator: Joan Waites

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Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing,

Material: paperback

Summary: In their visit to the zoo, a mom and her son not only enjoy watching the animals, they count the animals they see. Each page invites the reader to answer a question and solve a basic math problem. This nonfiction picture book explores animals and practicing math.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 7; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 1.8

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: I love that at each stop, the reader is asked to count - and is aided by a math problem written in numbers. Many of the animals are ones you would expect to see (pandas, bears, peacocks, and elephants); what sets this apart, though, is that you meet each animal family and learn the name of what a baby ___ is called.

Pros: Fun for preschoolers and engaging for Kindergartners. There are multiple ways to enjoy the layers to this picture book.

Cons: I am a bit surprised at the reading level. "Neonates" (baby boa constrictors) and "foals" are not easy-to-decode words.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a book that you're likely to read often for a stretch, but then your child will outgrow it.


Educational Themes: There are lots of ways to enjoy this book. Counting and math (addition) are easy to spot, but there is a lot to be learned about the animals themselves. The For Creative Minds section has some guides for practicing addition, as well as animal matching games and fact guides.

Notes: The Reading Tub, Inc. requested a publisher donation for this title after seeing it at Book Expo America.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, animals, nature, math

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2015

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