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MY HEART IS LIKE A ZOO by Michael Hall


by Michael Hall & illustrated by Michael Hall

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-191510-9
Publisher: Greenwillow

Animals, adjectives and hearts—lots of hearts—combine in this bright, appealing selection, reminiscent of the works of Lois Ehlert. Digital art presents each animal in geometric form; comprised of colorful overlapping shapes, each simplified illustration includes a heart (or two or many). The text bounces along, introducing the animals and describing each with a suitable adjective. “My heart is like a zoo,” it begins, “…eager as a beaver, / steady as a yak…,” concluding with “tired as a zookeeper who’s had a busy day” (the final illustration depicts a child cuddled up with a plethora of stuffed animals). Animals range from an owl and a lion to a clam and a moose. Between the zoology and the vocabulary, it’s good for the classroom and a comforting goodnight book to boot. (Picture book. 3-7)