Dear Zoo

Dear Zoo

Book - 1983
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Rod Campbell's classic lift-the-flap book Dear Zoo has been a firm favorite with toddlers and parents alike ever since it was first published in 1982.

Young readers love lifting the flaps to discover the animals the zoo has sent--a monkey, a lion, and even an elephant! But will they ever find the perfect pet?

With bright, bold artwork, a catchy refrain, and a whole host of favorite animals, Dear Zoo is a must for every child's bookshelf.
Publisher: New York : Four Winds Press, 1983, c1982
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780027164404
Call Number: jPS Camp
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 21 cm


From Library Staff

Young readers love lifting the flaps to discover the animals the zoo has sent--a monkey, a lion, and even an elephant! But will they ever find the perfect pet?

Level F

A goofy animal guessing game and toddler storytime favorite.

List - Guided Reading Level A
SFPL_Kids Feb 13, 2016

What will the zoo send next? Very simple, few words per page text for the just starting reader.

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SFPL_STEGNER Jan 22, 2015

Simple, humorous and fun. Great repetition/memory game with pull flaps!

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Apr 08, 2019

This book is well rated and I see why kids like it. My son enjoyed the animals and the lift the flaps but as an adult I don't like the message this book is sending. One, the book supports keeping wild animals in the zoo or as pets. Two, it treats pets as something you can just send back if you don't like them.

EmilyJCCL Sep 04, 2018

A great classic kids book that will stand the test of time. Great for kids to learn about animals in a fun way with lots of lift flaps.

Jun 06, 2018

My baby loves this book, she enjoys the flaps on each page!

Pinktamm Mar 07, 2017

My toddler goes to the book shelf and pulls this down for me to read to her at night. Each time she opens a flap we make the noise of the animal behind it. She thinks it's really funny. The words are simple and it's so fun learning about each animal.

vpl_childrens Dec 08, 2015

A small child wishes for a pet and the zoo keeps sending animals that are not quite right. Will the perfect pet ever arrive?

This book is always a hit with children whether read to one child alone or a large group at storytime. There are lots of great activities linked to this book on the Little big Book club's site.

send2china20 May 04, 2015

My 6 month old loves this book. He tries to grab the pop-outs and the animals show up. Fun to read!

Feb 24, 2015

My son is 19mo now and this is one of his favorite book! He loves to lift and see what's animal. It is a very funny animal book.

BookReviewer2015 Nov 08, 2014

Perhaps the best children's story book of the last century!

Dec 11, 2013

funny, interactive pop-up book with bright illustrations-used for ASL storytime class

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Jul 30, 2011

libraryeri thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 1 and 3


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Jun 12, 2014

This book is about a child who gets a gift from the zoo, but they can't quite get it right and send it back. Over, and over and over again until they get it right! It's a fun flap book to pull and discover what is hiding in the gifts the zoo has sent.


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