Title: Zoo Animals!
Authors: Bethanie and Josh Hestermann
Illustrator: Sara Lynn Cramb
Publisher: Rockridge Press
“You will meet wonderful animals from all around the world right here in this book. On each page, read about the animals and other things hidden in the picture, then try to find them,” Beth and Josh Hestermann write at the beginning of their book, Zoo Animals! A Search and Find Book for Kids.
~ What ~
This forty-eight-page paperback targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy educational search-and-find activity books, especially if they involve the zoo. With no profanity or too scary scenes, there are multiple animals and creatures of the zoo with short descriptions and pictures with sections to find the animals in their habitat.
After a contents page, there are sixteen two-open-pages that display a large scene of zoo life. A paragraph about the designated habitat is in the left corner with six animals or fish with small pictures on the top of the page. The left side has four creatures to also find in the large illustration. The ending has an answer key, a glossary, and authors and illustrator’s biographies.
~ Why ~
Our six-year-old granddaughter loves educational books about zoo life, and this one has colorful drawings of the animals with the added feature to find them on its pages. I appreciate the information on habitats of an African safari, tropical Asia, Madagascar, snow forest, farm, coastal living, bug house, and conservation station plus descriptions of the ball python, ostrich, pygmy hippo, tawny frogmouth, golden takin, binturong, aye-aye, fossa, emerald tree boa, kinkajou, caribou, llama, brown pelican, fennec fox, rose-haired tarantula, and koala.
~ Why Not ~
Young children or those with visual disabilities may not like this book. Some may find there is limited information on the highlighted creatures. Others may prefer photographs instead of illustrations in this type of book. Beginner readers may be frustrated with the two- and three-syllable words.
~ Wish ~
I wish an index on the habitats and creatures could be included in the book for quick reference.
~ Want ~
If your child is fascinated by the zoo and enjoys an educational book that includes a fun search-and find-activity, this is a perfect answer to a stay-at-home day. Our granddaughter will be delighted to find her favorite creature, the meerkat, in it.
Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the authors for this complimentary that I am under no obligation to review.
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This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/zoo-animals-bethanie-hestermann/1136637442