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BABY RATTLE BOOK:  ZOO by Amanda Gulliver


by Amanda Gulliver

Age Range: 3 - 18

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7641-6394-4
Publisher: Barron’s

Part toy, part flashcards, this combo presents animal babes that convey the softer side of many zoo predators.

A smooth yellow plastic loop with bright accents contains a rattle. Its attached key ring (easily separable) features 10 nonthreatening pictures of some of the zoo's most popular residents. Faces perpetually smile on individual sides of small circled boards, though the penguin appears more cautious than cuddly. Solid, cheery background colors contain slight variances in shading to suit the substantial backing. Ridged edges resemble thick bite marks. Sturdiness supports the small size here; the manipulative elements suit babies’ exploring hands and gnawing teeth. Dark-lettered labeling with a childlike slant provides the only text underneath. On the cover, the monkey rubs the elephant's trunk with a fence behind; this scene provides the only interaction between the otherwise isolated inhabitants, as well as a visual reference to the specified location.

An amusing noise maker, though not worth its price of admission alone. (Board book. 3-18 mos.)