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Author: William J Adams

Illustrator: Tom Stiglich

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Publisher: Mandy and Andy Books,

Material: paperback

Summary: Mandy and her twin brother Andy spend the day at the zoo. They see and talk to lots of animals, from owls and flamingos to monkeys, tigers, lions, and more. This is a bilingual book that tells the story in Spanish, or you can flip the book and read it in English.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book.

Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 5; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 2 to 6

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: The very special aspect about this book is that it’s both written in English and Spanish. It is a great book for children. The author invites the reader to a vivid, energetic world, filled with children’s innocence and happiness. The illustrations are well presented with colorful cartoon characters. This ordinary family story attracts the reader even more, since this story could apply to any family. I definitely recommend this book to kids up to 3-4, especially to those children, who can both speak English and Spanish. If not, children can learn Spanish by reading this book.

Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Pros: Bright illustrations and lots of great animals entertain kids with this visit to the zoo. The glossary at the end of the story helps with animal vocabulary.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a fun book to share whether you read in English or Spanish.

If You Liked This Book, Try: HATE THAT THUNDER! / ODIO ESE TRUENO! (Mandy and Andy Books)   GOOD NIGHT, GORILLA   I SPY AT THE ZOO

Educational Themes: This would be an excellent book for toddlers and preschoolers. You can use it to name animals in both English and Spanish. The expressive illustrations also give you a chance to talk about feelings.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, animal characters, bilingual, Spanish

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2009

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