August 15, 2008

Book Review

Dear Zoo – by Rod Campbell


This book tells the story of a letter written to the zoo, asking for a pet. A succession of animals are despatched, all of them highly unsuitable, until finally the last one arrives.


This is a very readable and enjoyable book. It has plenty of appeal with gorgeous illustrations and flaps to fiddle with. As well as being great fun it is also educational teaching children concepts such as “too tall” and “too grumpy” as well as teaching them why zoo animals can’t be kept as pets. It’s great for little hands and the flaps are sturdy and encourage hand and eye co-ordination. It not only encourages animal recognition but animal sounds and sizes.

This book has remained a favourite from very early on, and we have not grown bored of reading it almost every day.

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