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Author: Judy Sierra

Illustrator: Marc Brown

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Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Who knew what would happen at the zoo when Molly McGrew opened up her bookmobile and a story or two! This is a rhyming picture book about animals who learn to love reading.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 4 to 10

Reading Level: 4.1

Age of Child: started reading with 3-year-old child

Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler has requested a reading and independently "read" this book for a full year (and counting)! With every read, there is laughter and silliness to go with the new things "spotted" on the pages.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is so much fun … even after a year's time. The rhyming and alliteration keep it fresh, as do the imitated antics of the various characters.

Pros: The book is enjoyable read after read (and you'll have plenty). This is Dr. Seuss goes to the Zoo!

Cons: Absolutely none.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is destined to be a Dr. Seuss-like classic for the next generation. In fact, buy it for all the bibliophiles in your life.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE BEST PLACE TO READ   THE TRAIN TO TIMBUCTOO (Golden Books Family Story Time, Number 4)   THE EYE BOOK

Educational Themes: The book celebrates reading and creates ways for parents to introduce writing, encourage a trip to the library (or bookmobile) or zoo; talk about caring for books. It's also a great way to help pre-readers with practicing (and expanding on) sounds.

Literary Categories: fiction - picture book, animal characters, rhyme, literacy

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2005

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