A Children's Zoo

Peek in the zoo good for preschoolers.

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Parents need to know that the spare but descriptive text and the bright photography are interesting, but the book's appeal is likely to wane before long. The text's pace and layout encourage some interaction.

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What's the story?

The book offers preschoolers an introduction to life at the zoo.

Is it any good?


The black pages of this book -- with bold white text on one side and color photos on the other -- will catch and hold a toddler's attention, but probably not for long. A CHILDREN'S ZOO is a transitional book that will help carry young children from the more simplistic board-book format to more detailed and text-oriented picture books. Each word enhances the photographs, adding movement and color to the frozen images.

The format will help the very young learn, understand, and use descriptive language, while slightly older children can guess which animal is being described. A chart on the final page includes each animal's country of origin, natural habitat, and diet.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about describing animals. Try coming up with your own descriptions for the animals in the book, or describe animals in other picture books.

Book details

Author:Tana Hoban
Illustrator:Tana Hoban
Book type:Non-Fiction
Publisher:William Morrow
Publication date:January 1, 1985
Number of pages:24
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 7

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