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THE VIEW AT THE ZOO by Kathleen Long Bostrom


by Kathleen Long Bostrom & illustrated by Guy Francis

Age Range: 2 - 8

Pub Date: April 5th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8249-5629-5
Publisher: Ideals

The mustachioed zookeeper is just one of the beasts in this gorgeous trip to the zoo. He makes his morning rounds, trundling along with the food cart that’s brimming with tasty morsels for the still-groggy animals’ breakfasts. He also offers up morning suggestions. To the yawning lion, mane all crinkly, the zookeeper insists, “Mr. Lion, comb that hair.” To the giraffes, whose necks are still crooked from sleep, he suggests, “…please, stand up straight! / That’s more like it—you look great!” Then the gates open, and the visitors stream in. The rhyming couplets stroll through the zoo, dropping by all the attractions from the safari animals to the reptiles, peering in fascination at the things the creatures do—the eating, the prancing, the preening. But, wait, who’s watching whom? This perspective-shifting tale is lavishly decorated with quirky cartoon illustrations, bright and rich with warmth and humor. The exotic birds burst from the page in brilliant color, and the expressive elephant is rendered in pinkish gray that embodies tenderness. Bostrom enthusiastically explores the links between all the world’s creatures, celebrating both diversity and similarities. Like the zoo, this happy romp will be often revisited. (Picture book. 2-8)