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Title:
When we went to the zoo
Author:
Ormerod, Jan.
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Summary:
Touring the zoo, two children pet, ride, and observe a variety of animals.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780688098780

9780688098797
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Summary

When Jan Ormerod takes a family to the zoo, they sing hi-de-hi-de-ho, the elephant is so slow. They see a pelican yawn. They laugh at an orangutan in a paper bag. But in the end, what they like best isn't a zoo animal at all. It's the simple, special sight of sparrows building a nest. The glowing illustrations make a trip to the zoo something to be remembered. Full-color illustrations.


Summary

Touring the zoo, two children pet, ride, and observe a variety of animals.


Author Notes

Jan Ormerod was born in Australia on September 23, 1946. She attended art school and studied drawing, painting and sculpture. After completing her degree, she become an Associate of the Western Australian Institute of Technology and Design in Art Education, taught in secondary schools on enrichment programs for talented students, and lectured in a teacher's college and in art schools. Her first picture book, Sunshine, was published in 1981, won the Mother Goose Award, and was voted Australian Picture Book of the Year. She wrote and illustrated more than 50 books in her lifetime including Miss Mouse's Day, Lizzie Nonsense, Rhymes around the Day, Father Christmas and the Donkey, Ben Goes Swimming, Emily Dances, A Twist in the Tail, and Ponko and the South Pole. She also illustrated Sky Dancer by Jack Bushnell. She died after a long illness on January 23, 2013 at the age of 67.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Jan Ormerod was born in Australia on September 23, 1946. She attended art school and studied drawing, painting and sculpture. After completing her degree, she become an Associate of the Western Australian Institute of Technology and Design in Art Education, taught in secondary schools on enrichment programs for talented students, and lectured in a teacher's college and in art schools. Her first picture book, Sunshine, was published in 1981, won the Mother Goose Award, and was voted Australian Picture Book of the Year. She wrote and illustrated more than 50 books in her lifetime including Miss Mouse's Day, Lizzie Nonsense, Rhymes around the Day, Father Christmas and the Donkey, Ben Goes Swimming, Emily Dances, A Twist in the Tail, and Ponko and the South Pole. She also illustrated Sky Dancer by Jack Bushnell. She died after a long illness on January 23, 2013 at the age of 67.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 6

Booklist Review

Ages 4-6. Structured as loosely as one might expect from a visit to the zoo, this picture book follows two young children and their father around the zoo, noting their activities and their observations of different animals. Often, the double-page spreads are divided into a number of smaller panels or images of the featured animals. While this variety in layout avoids visual monotony, it creates busy-looking pages at times. Ormerod's depiction of the characters, people as well as animals, shows a sure sense of draftsmanship and an eye for child-appeal. In the end, the children decide that a pair of sparrows, zoo animals only because they have chosen to nest above the zoo's entrance, are their favorites. Observant readers will remember the sparrows from other scenes and will enjoy hunting for them on each double-page spread. Maps of the zoo form the endpapers. ~--Carolyn Phelan


Publisher's Weekly Review

A family's tour of the zoo provides a rich vehicle for Ormerod's precise, delicate art. Her animals are intricately drawn and alluring without being ``cute,'' and the borders and boxes with which she divides her spreads create the subtle illusion that, along with the family in the story, readers are looking into cages or fish tanks, through fences or across a moat. Ormerod ( The Frog Prince ; Sunshine ) is a keen observer of fine, telling detail. By focusing on a pelican's yawn, or picking out, amidst the pageant of showy zoo animals, a pair of sparrows building their nest, she helps draw attention to small but significant moments that are worthy of celebration but might easily go unnoticed. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-- A young boy and girl recount the sights they see during a visit to the zoo. The excitement of watching the sea lions being fed, of touching a boa constrictor, and of riding a camel is surpassed when the children and their father spy a sparrow flying to its hidden nest near the zoo exit. Once again, Ormerod has taken a common childhood experience and turned it into a celebration. Her text is a straightforward listing of the children's activities, loosely rhymed on occasion. As usual, it's her illustrations that lift the book above the ordinary. Colorful line-and-wash pictures show the animals with realism and dignity; they are striking and appealing figures without being presented as either majestic or adorable. Ormerod's familiar panel layout is especially effective here. Readers are able to view a central scene while observing the animals' movements or seeing what is happening around the main activity. This is a visual delight and a true animal appreciation book. Those looking for information about zoos for this age level should consider Gail Gibbons's Zoo (Crowell, 1987) or Judith Rinard's What Happens at the Zoo (National Geographic, 1984; o.p.). --Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Ages 4-6. Structured as loosely as one might expect from a visit to the zoo, this picture book follows two young children and their father around the zoo, noting their activities and their observations of different animals. Often, the double-page spreads are divided into a number of smaller panels or images of the featured animals. While this variety in layout avoids visual monotony, it creates busy-looking pages at times. Ormerod's depiction of the characters, people as well as animals, shows a sure sense of draftsmanship and an eye for child-appeal. In the end, the children decide that a pair of sparrows, zoo animals only because they have chosen to nest above the zoo's entrance, are their favorites. Observant readers will remember the sparrows from other scenes and will enjoy hunting for them on each double-page spread. Maps of the zoo form the endpapers. ~--Carolyn Phelan


Publisher's Weekly Review

A family's tour of the zoo provides a rich vehicle for Ormerod's precise, delicate art. Her animals are intricately drawn and alluring without being ``cute,'' and the borders and boxes with which she divides her spreads create the subtle illusion that, along with the family in the story, readers are looking into cages or fish tanks, through fences or across a moat. Ormerod ( The Frog Prince ; Sunshine ) is a keen observer of fine, telling detail. By focusing on a pelican's yawn, or picking out, amidst the pageant of showy zoo animals, a pair of sparrows building their nest, she helps draw attention to small but significant moments that are worthy of celebration but might easily go unnoticed. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-- A young boy and girl recount the sights they see during a visit to the zoo. The excitement of watching the sea lions being fed, of touching a boa constrictor, and of riding a camel is surpassed when the children and their father spy a sparrow flying to its hidden nest near the zoo exit. Once again, Ormerod has taken a common childhood experience and turned it into a celebration. Her text is a straightforward listing of the children's activities, loosely rhymed on occasion. As usual, it's her illustrations that lift the book above the ordinary. Colorful line-and-wash pictures show the animals with realism and dignity; they are striking and appealing figures without being presented as either majestic or adorable. Ormerod's familiar panel layout is especially effective here. Readers are able to view a central scene while observing the animals' movements or seeing what is happening around the main activity. This is a visual delight and a true animal appreciation book. Those looking for information about zoos for this age level should consider Gail Gibbons's Zoo (Crowell, 1987) or Judith Rinard's What Happens at the Zoo (National Geographic, 1984; o.p.). --Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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