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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 77 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #259 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.

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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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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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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This is a nice, quick, fun book to read your toddler at bed time. The book is all about a child writing the zoo and asking for a pet, they send the child a variety of zoo animals that the child returns for a number of reasons (too big, too tall etc). My toddler loves this book and can't wait to open the flaps and tell me what animal is behind it (although she most definitely knows at this point). Fun, easy, but not so exciting that it stops your child from settling into their bedtime routine. Wonderful....no wonder it's a classic.
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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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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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By A Customer on Jan. 3 2000
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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Format: Hardcover
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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