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There's a zoo in room 22
Sierra, Judy.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt, [2000]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Each of twenty-six poems describes the antics and habits of a zany classroom pet whose name begins with a different letter of the alphabet.
General Note:
"Gulliver books."
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.2 0.5 45227.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.3 2 Quiz: 27660 Guided reading level: NR.
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PS3569.I39 T48 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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The kids in Miss Darling's class are very lucky--what other classroom has its own alphabet zoo?
There's always an animal adventure unfolding in Room 22, with an Anaconda for lounging, a lunch-stealing Lemur, a Moose to hang coats, a Yak that kisses, and a Zorilla with fumes ( pee-ewwww! ).
From the author of the bestselling Antarctic Antics: A Book of Penguin Poems comes another collection of delightfully playful poems. Every kid will want to join this class!

Author Notes

Judy Sierra has written a number of popular and award-winning picture books. She lives in Albany, California.

Barney Saltzberg has written and illustrated numerous children's books. He lives in Los Angele, California.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. Miss Darling's students probably had a hamster in mind as classroom pet, but their teacher enthusiastically suggests a whole pet alphabet. There's Claude the Cat and Our Dog Doug, Katy Katydid, Vincent Vulture, and Will Warthog. The pets are presented alphabetically, and each one is introduced by a colorful classroom scene and a clever poem narrated by the students: Amanda Anaconda is "nicer than an aardvark or an ant or armadillo, and at story time, each one of us can use her for a pillow." Saltzberg's humorous double-page spread shows Miss Darling reading from Big Book of Animals as the children lounge in a slithery circle formed by Amanda. A lively choice to introduce or reinforce letter identification, this will also work well in conjunction with a unit on animals or a zoo field trip. --Lauren Peterson

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Classroom pets? Room 22 has an abundance of them-one for every letter of the alphabet, from cat to quahog, from anaconda to katydid. Each 4-to-12 line poem portrays some of the common behaviors and personality characteristics inherent to each creature. There's a lunch-stealing lemur, a bad-smelling warthog, and a parrot that gets sent to the principal's office. Saltzberg's colored-pencil and watercolor cartoons meld well with the humorous tone of the text. Each one-to-two page spread is filled with energy, showing the featured animal and the multiethnic students that populate Miss Darling's classroom. Most of the poems are in rhymed couplets, but a few tamper with the meter. Occasional word choices, e.g., "moose"/"boots," "muscle"/"octopuzzle" are a bit of a stretch. Overall, though, this engaging collection is sure to entice listeners to create a zoo (real or imagined) of their own and perhaps to compose original poems as well. A good choice for animal units, plus useful for early readers still working on their alphabet skills.-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.