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Summary: A baby in a stroller takes a trip to the zoo and sees some animals. There are 16 pages, with 1 sentence on each page. This is a picture book for introducing toddlers to animals.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book.
Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 3; read yourself: 4 to 6
Interest Level: 1 to 3
Age of Child: Read with a 2-year-old boy.
Young Reader Reaction: My son liked the animals and liked naming them. We also used the book to explore and practice colors.
Adult Reader Reaction: I didn't like this book. The animals were colored inconsistently. The "purple" elephants were borderline pink/purple, which made it difficult to use the book beyond the 1-sentence descriptions.
Pros: Vivid colors and simple illustrations will engage toddlers.
Cons: The colors of the animals did not blend well and while cute, will not appeal to readers who want more realistic representation. The story lets you explore color, but the contrasts are sometimes too subtle for toddlers.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a good book for color recognition, but once your children know their colors and have gotten the positive message, they will look for more engaging stories.