the Zoo Came to Visit
James DD Smith
Illustrator: Stina Brown
from Amazon Interesting
read ... Recommended ... 5 stars
Janey and Jamie went to the zoo.
After returning home the kids hear a knock on the door. What
a surprise awaits the pair: the zoo has come to them.
Writer Smith has produced a nicely
done book meant for children ages 4-8. Large, brightly colored
illustration and alliterative rhyming text make "The Day
the Zoo Came to Visit" a sure favorite for the younger set.
Animals tumble over one another in alphabetical order as they
invade the house. I especially enjoyed the expressions of surprise,
surprise and surprise depicted on the faces of Janey's fuzzy
bunny slippers as the various zoo critters traipse about. Illustrator
Brown has a keen, child pleasing technique.
Dilemma faces Janey and Jamie
as they struggle with how to rid themselves of their unwanted
guests. Janey's solution is well done, opens avenue for parent
or teacher guided discussion as to what to do with surprise guests,
what children might do in unusual situation and the like.
From a teacher standpoint I am
pleased to see the animal sizes are kept in perspective, so often
children's books ignore all reality and offer hippo, moose and
newt all approximately the same size. Faces and actions of the
animals depicted are child pleasing, but are not embellished
with 'human' expression.
"The Day the Zoo Came to
Visit" is sure to prove a valuable asset to the school and
home library. The work is a read to for the youngest set as parent
and child cuddle for reading time before the little ones aged
3-4 prepare for nap or bed time. Except for very polished readers
"The Day the Zoo Came to Visit" is a read with help
for the 5-7s. Eight and Nines will enjoy reading the book for
themselves, or reading to little brothers and sisters.
A glossary of more unusual animal
names is included. A word to the adults page offers teaching
suggestions for parents to use as they guide their children's
reading toward noticing alphabet, alliterative words, hidden
illustrations and the like.
This is a book I would use in
my own Kindergarten/First Grade Classroom.
And it is one I will use today
with my Developmentally Disabled Adult clients.
Nicely done, happy to recommend.