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Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book Board book – May 8 2007


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Product Details

  • Board book: 18 pages
  • Publisher: Little Simon; 1 edition (May 8 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141694737X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416947370
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.3 x 15.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rod Campbell makes books for babies and toddlers, the best known being Dear Zoo, which has sold over two million copies worldwide. All his books have simple text, often with repeating phrases, ideal for the pre-reader. He uses flaps and touch-and-feel elements when appropriate.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark H on Jan. 17 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird on April 21 2004
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CanadianMother TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 7 2006
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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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While I never thought I would like a kids book as much as my son, I actually get excited to read this book with him. In fact, when we lost "Dear Zoo" I promptly had to replace it because I missed the book so. Don't judge, I can be a bit of nerd.

There are a two main reasons why I like reading this book with him so much. First, the flap book style has engaged him since he was around 6 months old and still does at 14 months. In particular, each of the flaps opens in a different way. He had to work hard at first to wrap his mind around some of them but I think this was good practice for his motor skills. And even though he has the book memorized at this point he is still very eager to open the flaps.

Second, I like the simple style. "Dear Zoo" isn't overly wordy but we fill the story with lots of noises and gestures. My boy loves making the sounds on his own and there are lots of concepts to be learned.

All in all, I think "Dear Zoo" is one worth owning because the interactive style and simply story have managed to hold his attention while other books have fallen to the wayside. And this kid loves his books so he's a bit of a critic.
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My son is a big fan of lift-the-flap books, so I was looking to buy one more for his little collection. This one seemed to be a big favorite based on the amount of reviews and the average ratings. So i decided to give it a try... Well, it became one of my son's favorite books only after a couple of seconds he was discovering it!
The flaps are quite sturdy which is important to me since kids at that age are not very careful with fragile stuff. So I know I can let him enjoy freely the book without making sure that he is not ripping off the flaps!

The drawings are great and cute, it is easy to guess which animal is hidden behind the flap. It motivates my son to learn the name of the animals when he discovers them. The length of the book is great, not too short and not too long.

In brief, I am very happy I bought this book for my son. It is one of his favorites at this moment. He enjoys discovering the animals behind the flaps every time.
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