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5 Great Books to Get You Ready for the Zoo!

So we are going to the zoo!

Now let me confess right now that I only like going to the zoo during spring and fall. But my little princesses want to visit their animal friends (especially Princess Jubilee who just loves those lions).

So what is a momma to do except take the children to the zoo…in the hot summer sun!

So to get myself in the mood I decided to load up on some great books all about the zoo!

I can’t wait for story time!!

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Please Mr. Panda

What is the proper way to ask Mr. Panda for doughnuts? Patiently and politely, Mr. Panda asks the animals he comes across if they would like a doughnut. A penguin, a skunk, and a whale all say yes, but they do not remember to say “please” and “thank you.” Is anyone worthy of Mr. Panda’s doughnuts? Steve Antony has captured a cute panda, delightful animals hungry for doughnuts, and a manners lesson. With the black-and-white animals, plain backgrounds, and brightly colored doughnuts, Antony’s art is bold, striking, and engaging.

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If I Ran the Zoo

Animals abound in Dr. Seuss’s Caldecott Honor–winning picture book If I Ran the Zoo. Gerald McGrew imagines the myriad of animals he’d have in his very own zoo, and the adventures he’ll have to go on in order to gather them all. Featuring everything from a lion with ten feet to a Fizza-ma-Wizza-ma-Dill, this is a classic Seussian crowd-pleaser. In fact, one of Gerald’s creatures has even become a part of the language: the Nerd!

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The View at the Zoo

A new format for this humorous twist on a visit to the zoo.

As morning dawns, the zookeeper makes his rounds, exhorting the animals to wake up, comb their hair, and stand up straight. Soon their human visitors arrive, and the observations begin to flow:

My, what silly things they do, all these creatures at the zoo.
Walking on all kinds of feet, dancing to an inner beat.
Babies riding on their backs, on their bellies, snug in sacks.
Hear the silly sounds they speak, as they howl and squawk and shriek!

But just who is talking about whom?

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Zoo-Ology

Each spread in this dramatically oversized book displays 30 or more different animals in thought-provoking thematic groupings: Large and Small, Hot Weather, Cold Weather, Feathered, Horned, Spots and Stripes, Friends of Mankind, and so forth. The illustrations are robust, graphic prints that will catch the eye–and the large selection of over 350 different species will make absorbing reading. Includes four pages of informational notes.

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Panda Kindergarten

Follow a day in the life of the panda cubs at China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda at the Wolong Nature Preserve, the largest research facility for giant pandas in China. Cubs are raised together in a protected setting—dubbed panda kindergarten—where they grow strong and learn skills that will help prepare them to be released into the wild when they are older. With spare text by veteran nonfiction writer Joanne Ryder and irresistible full-color photographs by Katherine Feng, whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Panda Kindergarten will delight young readers as they learn more about these amazing creatures.

I hope you and your little ones enjoy these books. What’s your favorite zoo themed book?

Stay Encouraged, Be Blessed and Enjoy the Zoo!

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