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Title:
Birthday zoo
Author:
Rose, Deborah Lee.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Morton Grove, Ill. : A. Whitman, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
Rhyming text describes the preparations made for a boy's birthday party by his hosts, the animals at the zoo.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.1 0.5 64170.
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ISBN:
9780807507766
Format :
Book

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What could be more awesome than celebrating your birthday with the animals in the zoo? Especially when they're putting on the party. The raccoons blow up balloons, the bats pass out the hats, the lynx pours all the drinks.


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Booklist Review

PreS^-Gr. 2. Imagine being the guest of honor at a party given by the animals in the zoo. Nonsense rhymes and uproarious ink-and-watercolor pictures tell how the zoo creatures plan a birthday celebration for a delighted small boy. In a wild fury of preparation, the animals bellow orders: "`Pass out the hats,' instructs the bats"; "`Spread out a cloth,' directs the sloth"; "`Pour all the drinks,' gurgles the lynx.'" The birthday boy laughs with delight--and kids will laugh with him--at the giraffe dressed as a clown juggling teacups on his nose. For games, the monkeys suggest pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey; but musical chairs is the favorite among the bears. Even the moose is worried that the candles are loose on the birthday cake. The story is told in lively question-and-answer verse, and the silly play with animal names, the wild pictures, and the thumping rhymes are sure to make this a popular read-aloud. --Cynthia Turnquest


Publisher's Weekly Review

Animals just want to have fun in an array of fall titles. The first, Birthday Zoo by Deborah Lee Rose, illus. by Lynn Munsinger, follows an assortment of animals as they get the party started for one lucky kid (" `Who is it for?' inquired the boar. `Kid with the presents,' answered the pheasants"). Happily chaotic illustrations create a festive mood (a final painting reveals the guests as stuffed toys). (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-With simple, rhyming statements and a few questions, 23 animals describe their efforts to make a birthday party for a young, gleeful, red-haired boy. The fun begins with a date circled on the calendar. "`Hey, what's the big deal?' noticed the seal. `Birthday today!' reported the ray." Interesting verbs add to the fun, as in "`We need some more forks!' flurried the storks"; and "`Go on, make a wish,' burbled the fish." While Rose's strong rhythm and rhymes will charm youngsters in a storytime, Munsinger's lively pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations beg for closer inspection. Readers will delight in the skillfully drawn, realistic animals engaged in fantastic activity, such as the seal bearing a stack of gifts on the top of his nose, the sloth lying on the tablecloth he is spreading, bats sporting paper hats, and much more on each captivating spread. A sense of reality wordlessly returns on the concluding page as the boy feeds cake to his menagerie of stuffed animals. Libraries will want to support birthdays, zoo trips, and flights of fancy with this splendid celebration.-Laura Scott, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.