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Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book [Board book]

Rod Campbell
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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Book Description

May 8 2007
Dear Zoo is twenty-five years old -- and still as popular as ever!

And with an updated look, this children's classic is sure to delight a new generation of readers!

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About the Author

Rod Campbell has been writing and illustrating books for babies for over twenty years. Best known for his classic lift-the-flap title, DEAR ZOO, which has sold over 2 million copies worldwide, he is also the creator of the much-loved character, Buster. Ingeniously simple, with touches of gentle humour, Rod Campbell's books continue to be enjoyed by children, parents and teachers alike. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute, simple lift-the flap story July 7 2006
By CanadianMother TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Board book
My 18-month old son really enjoys it when I read this book to him. The story is very simple (just a few words on each page) and over quickly so that even very small children could pay attention. The drawings are very simple too but cute. My son giggles when he lifts the flaps to see the animals beneath.

However I thought I should mention that the flaps in the book are a bit flimsy. Children and babies who are rough with books will rip off the flaps in no time. They're not the thick cardboard flaps some board books have, but more like a thick paper (similar to bristol board).

But all in all it's a very cute book. I can see why it's been around so long.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book Jan. 17 2013
By Mark H
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
Arguably one of my 1 year old's favourite books and one of the very few books she's go grab herself off the shelf and sit down and read. The book itself is short and sweet and provides lots of chances to interact with your child. I usually can not get away with one reading once we start.

The 'Life-The-Flap' is both a positive and a negative. My daughter loves opening the flaps and has got real good at recognizing the animals and the sounds they make. She's really engaged!

The negative is that when you buy a board book, you buy it with the understanding that a young child isn't always the most gentle with their things. The tabs are rather flimsy compared to the book and will rip out very easy if a child isn't careful.

5* for the story and the way it engages a young child, but just watch out for those flaps!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Something tells me it's all happening at the zoo April 21 2004
Format:Board book
Tis the ultimate interactive story for the young 'uns. An unseen narrator (who we assume must be a child of some sort) narrates a tale of unprecedented zooish generosity. After asking the zoo for a pet, a series of animals are sent in the hope that the child will want them. Unfortunately (and as the book makes clear) many of animals one finds at the zoo are inappropriate pets. Each animal that arrives is hidden beneath a flap. When you lift the flap the children to whom you are reading this tale are supposed to delightedly cry out the name of that particular animal. In this way, you can teach kids the kinds of animals that live at the zoo. For the narrator, though, elephants are too big, lions too fierce, monkeys to naughty, and frogs too jumpy. In the end, the narrator receives a small hamper with the note, "From all your friends at the zoo" containing the perfect pet.
As an early book, this story and its accompanying illustrations are very very simple. I was a little disappointed at the flimsiness of the flaps children are supposed to lift or turn. The copy I paged through had been scotch taped and re-scotch taped several times to keep the book in any kind of semblance of order. It is also a pity that the animals in this book aren't named ever. I don't doubt that kids will, mostly, be able to name them anyway, but it's nice to learn to read the names along with the pictures of the animals. Still, the book is satisfying to read. No subtext here. Nuh-uh. Just a very basic story about a zoo, some friendly animals, and the reasons (or lack there of) of keeping them. For another interesting and enjoyable zoo book, try "Good Night, Gorilla" by Peggy Rathmann (a personal pet favorite of mine).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never too early to add this title April 16 2004
By A Customer
Format:Board book
I've read this book to my daughter since she was four months old. She really likes looking at the pictures and flaps. Other books, even classics like "The Runaway Bunny," have too many words to interest her, but this one has a very short, succinct story and great pictures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great first book Jan. 3 2000
By A Customer
Format:Board book
My daughter has loved this book from the very beginning. She was fascinated by the animals revealed when I lifted the flaps, and then had a great time learning how to lift the flaps herself as she grew older. She's a year old now and brings it to me to read to her more than any other book that we have. She gets a kick out of the animal sounds we make when we lift the flaps, too. It's the only lift-the-flap book we have that she hasn't managed to tear off any flaps. I think this book has been instrumental in showing her how much fun books can be - I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of our favorites! June 15 2004
My 12 month old twin boys love this book. They know how to lift the flaps already! It will be great for teaching them animal names and making predicitons. I used to use this book a lot when I taught kindergarten, also. We would read the text and then think of animals that matched that description. Then we would look at hte picture and teh kids would all want to guess what was in each cage. A great book!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book to bring to church! Jan. 15 2001
By A Customer
My son loved this book from the start -- loves it so much, that I typically back it my "church pack" to keep him quietly entertained during church. My 7 year old neice and 4 year old nephew also love the book, they love to read it to him and make the animal sounds as they are revealed. A MUST HAVE book for your toddler!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent interactive book for the very young April 23 1998
By A Customer
One of the best books we have come across to help our 10 month old become, and stay, interested in books. The interactve aspect of the book, with its enchanting simplicity and bright vibrant colours, make it perfect for early readers (watchers), and keeps them eagerly turning each page. It is also surprisingly robust.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps better for child learning to read than for baby
Very simple and not very colourful. Perhaps better for child learning to read than for baby.
Published 15 days ago by CAMama
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special but a "classic book" to have on the ...
Nothing special but a "classic book" to have on the shelf. Very plain and simple. A cute guessing game with the chance to make animal noises with your little friends.
Published 1 month ago by Martina C
5.0 out of 5 stars Durable and Fun
Ten month old loves opening the flaps! Made with a thicker paper so they are pretty durable compared to the Where's Spot book series which my son enjoys ripping off.
Published 1 month ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great little book
I used to read this book to my granddaughter who is now 27, and has a 22 month old son. He enjoys the book as much as his mom did, and I am so pleased to have found it again. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Beverly Greenfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful way for child to be involved
As my daughter gets older she really enjoys reading this book. Although she jumps the gun for folding down the flap. I just have to read faster.
Published 3 months ago by Carrie241
4.0 out of 5 stars The flip parts are fairly durable.
My one year old son likes this book and will work his way to the end. The pages are dual layered, meaning the flip portion is part of the page itself and not glued on like some... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Andy Lam
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable!
The package came right on time. Wrapped nicely and the size of the book is adorable. It is a boardbook and it great for all young ones. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lease
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
It really is a classic and must have for every kids library. My kids have me read it over and over.
Published 9 months ago by Fam. Kamp
5.0 out of 5 stars My 20 months son loves this book
My son is a big fan of lift-the-flap books, so I was looking to buy one more for his little collection. Read more
Published 10 months ago by In-Ho
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite among my daughters books
This books if great for interacting with your child. My daughter loves to open and close the flaps. Great for introducing different animals to your child as well. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Karla
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