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My Visit to the Zoo Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Aliki
ISBN: 006446217X     ISBN-13: 9780064462174
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: May 1999
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Annotation: In a tour of a modern-day zoo, youngsters see how animals really live. Written and illustrated by the inimitable Aliki, this successor to the highly popular "My Visit to the Dinosaurs" and "My Visit to the Aquarium" is a good way to introduce children to the zoo. Full color.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Zoo animals; Juvenile literature.
Zoos; Juvenile literature.
Zoo animals.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Zoos
Dewey: 590.73
LCCN: BL 99006003
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 11.00" H x 9.00" W x 0.25" (0.40 lbs) 33 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 127315
Reading Level: 4.6   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q08149
Reading Level: 3.1   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 2.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
Welcome to the Zoo...

How would you like to travel from a tropical rain forest to the African plains, and down into a deep canyon all in one day? Then get ready for a wild trip to the zoo and up close look at all kinds of animals See snow leopards lurking on a ledge, zebras and ostriches running across the open plains, and a tiger splashing in a stream. Find out everything--from what elephants roll in after their baths to which bird might laugh at your jokes. Come take a visit to an amazing zoo Imagine traveling from a lush tropical rain forest, to a deep and
mysterious canyon, to the wide-open African plains--all in one day In this tour of a modern-day zoo, visitors get to see how animals really live. They'll learn everything from what elephants like to roll around in after their baths to what's being done to preserve wildlife. Written and illustrated by the inimitable Aliki, this successor to the highly popular titles My Visit to the Dinosaurs and My Visit to the Aquarium is one of the best ways ever for a young child to visit the zoo.
'Aliki's accessible text and lush illustrations bring the animal world to life.' --School Library Journal
'A fine picture book.' --Kirkus Reviews


Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 1998)
Orangutans and a white crocodile are joined by dozens of other mammals, birds, and reptiles in this well-populated zoo. Aliki begins with a child narrator and a large, busy overview followed by tours of many different exhibits. Text and detailed scenes shift comfortably between bits of information about particular animals and the functions of zoos in animal care and conservation. Zoo fans of all ages will appreciate this visit. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 1997 #5)
Orangutans and a white crocodile are joined by dozens of other mam-mals, birds, and reptiles in this well-populated zoo. As in her earlier visit to the aquarium, Aliki begins with a child narrator and a large busy overview followed by tours of many different exhibits. Here two cousins find that this modern zoo is like a large variegated park. "There were houses where the animals could sleep and eat, and outdoor habitats where they roamed free, as they would in the wild." Text and detailed scenes shift comfortably between bits of information about particular animals and the functions of zoos in animal care and conservation. Aliki makes vigorous use of crayon along with her customary pen and watercolor drawings, adding texture and energy to pleasantly homey portraits of animals and people. Tours of the primate house, rain forest, open plains, and many other venues include large open scenes with labeled animals and small framed segments of information comple-menting the narrative. A few pages group small individual pictures of several species. From the jacket view featuring tigers, chimpanzees, and a panda, through the lush rainforest habitat on the endpapers, every page invites lingering enjoyment. Zoo fans of all ages will appreciate the visit. m.a.b. Copyright 1999 Horn Book Magazine Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1999 May #5)
PW called this companion to My Visit to the Aquarium "a lively learning expedition." Ages 4-up. (May) Copyright 1999 Publishers Weekly Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1997 August #2)
This fact-packed book's opening lines ("I didn't really want to visit the zoo. I had been to one that made me feel sad") set Aliki's (My Visit to the Aquarium) direct and responsible tone as she leads readers on yet another lively learning expedition. A girl discovers that this zoo (a composite of several actual sites), unlike others she's visited, allows its residents to roam as they would in the wild. The text is arranged around and within Aliki's cheerful illustrations, and introduces a broad range of animals, each labeled with its species and native region. Some (like `the Great Apes' and `the Great Cats') are united in double-page spreads, while others (like animals indigenous to the tropical rain forest) are arranged in a photo album-style grid. The animals are rendered in varying degrees of detail: some are stunning likenesses (such as the lowland gorilla or orangutans), while others are stiff and less convincing (e.g., the cheetah or petting zoo animals). Nuggets of animal facts convey information in a credible childlike voice ("I thought a koala was a bear, but it is a marsupial"). Avoiding a preachy tone, Aliki deftly imparts her dual missive about the importance of both preserving animals' natural habitats and, for animals in captivity, supporting those zoos that serve as sanctuaries. Ages 4-up. (Sept.) Copyright 1998 Publishers Weekly Reviews

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1997 October)
Aliki opens the gates to the Zoological Conservation Park, a spacious, wooded zoo with outdoor habitats for animals. As the young narrator and her cousin wander through the exhibits, the text and illustrations deliver information about the habitats and physical and social characteristics of the various animals they see. Sweeping, double- and single-page paintings of scenes from the zoo are interspersed with boxed, close-up looks at some of the plants and animals. All are labeled with species names and country of origin. The children visit the noisy tropical rain forest, take a ride on the monorail through the open plains to see the large herd animals, view myriad birds at the aviary, and pet young animals at the Children's Zoo. A color-coded chart containing a world map shows the habitats of different animals, tells whether or not they are endangered, and lists the page where they can be found. Throughout the narrative, the park is depicted as a sanctuary for wildlife and an active participant in conservation. This book is a "must read" before a class visit to the local zoo. Aliki's accessible text and lush illustrations bring the animal world to life. Patricia Mahoney Brown, Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Kenmore, NY Copyright 1998 School Library Journal Reviews