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What's new? The zoo! : a zippy history of zoos
Krull, Kathleen, author.
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First edition
Publication Information:
New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, An imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2014.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
A millennia-long history of animal keeping shares facts about what zookeeping has taught humanity and how individual lives have been profoundly shaped by the wild creatures found in zoos all over the world.
Reading Level:
Elementary Grade.

1260 Lexile

NC 1260 Lexile.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 6.4 0.5 169382.
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With kid-friendly facts, stylishly funny pictures, and animals galore, What's New? The Zoo! is history to roar for!

Did you know . . .

The first zoo was established 4,300 years ago in present-day Iraq? Aztec King Montezuma II had such an incredible oollection of animals that it took 600 men and women to care for them? Zoos were crucial in the development of scientific theories of classification and evolution? 50 buffalo passed through Grand Central Station in 1907 on their way to the Bronx Zoo?

Kathleen Krull and Marcellus Hall bring jazzy style and a globe-trotting eye to our millennia-long history of keeping animals, and the ways animals have changed us in turn.

Author Notes

PW says that KATHLEEN KRULL "knows exactly how to captivate her audience" by combining historical particulars with "amusing anecdotes that put flesh and blood on dry literary bones." Her subjects range from music to science to sports, but her books are consistently smart and incredible fun to read. She lives in San Diego, California.

MARCELLUS HALL 's art has appeared in the New Yorker , the Wall Street Journal , the Atlantic Monthly , and Time magazine. He has illustrated several books for children, including The Cow Loves Cookies , City I Love , and Because I Am Your Daddy , as well as Everyone Sleeps , which he also wrote. He lives in New York City, and can also be found at .

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Beginning 4,400 years ago, Krull traces the history of zoos, starting with the Sumerian city of Ur (in what is now Iraq) and moving around the world, through such places as Greece, Egypt, Rome, China, France, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, and all the way to contemporary San Diego. Most every zoo gets a page to itself, with a short descriptive paragraph highlighting its history and noting the personages responsible (including the likes of folks such as Charlemagne, Kublai Khan, and Moctezuma II) and the particular animals they collected. These small blocks of text are surrounded by Hall's inviting images, which help make the information more accessible. The broad, warm, ink-and-watercolor paintings are peppered with comic detail (note the iconic blue NYC Greek-key coffee cup on Aristotle's table). Final pages sum up zoos' contributions to contemporary science and culture. Curious children will enjoy such an investigative celebration.--Barthelmess, Thom Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

From their beginnings as private collections of the rich and powerful to the mass attractions and conservation hubs they are today, zoos have an interesting and sometimes odd history, as Krull (the Lives of... series) details. From Indonesia to Italy, Sweden to San Diego, colorful headings on each page introduce a place and year where zoo history was made, and a short paragraph follows (in 16th-century Afghanistan and India, "Akbar the Great treats his one thousand cheetahs more kindly than most people of his time. To care for them and the other animals he befriends, he builds zoos much grander than any in Europe in the lands he conquers"). Readers learn about a holy water-spraying elephant in Rome in 1513 and a hairdo-inspiring giraffe in 1827 France. Hall's (Everyone Sleeps) ink-and-watercolor illustrations, vignettelike in their half-page displays, feature expressive eyes on both animals and humans in many spreads. The art's spare, naive style fits the brief-text format as the narrative moves briskly and chronologically through some highlights of zoo history, avoiding any controversial aspects. Kids of all ages will be left craving a trip to the zoo. Ages 4-8. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-A whirlwind, episodic tour of zoos around the world through the ages. Krull takes readers back 4000 years to zoos in Sumeria and ancient China, India, Greece, and Ethiopia, as well as to the menageries of Kublai Khan, Charlemagne, Pope Leo, and Aztec emperor Moctezuma II straight through to modern times. She briefly describes each zoo or collection in a brief paragraph stuffed with fascinating facts that intrigue while they inform. The book ends with modern-day zoos and efforts to save species and reintroduce some of them back into their natural habitats. The author describes the many reasons for building zoos-to study and classify the animal kingdom, connect humans with nature, and awe visitors-in a lighthearted way. The full-color ink and watercolor illustrations are rendered in a sketchy, elastic, cartoon style and feature a wonderful multicultural cast and playful moments for sharp-eyed readers to spot. This thoroughly researched title cites sources that include books and websites, making it ideal for browsing purposes or for school reports.-Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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