If I Ran The Zoo
- HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date:
- 04 August 2003
- Picture Books
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Dr. Seuss did a great job, as usual! WIth all his imaginary animals and far away places he will take children into a fantasy land of imagination. Reading it out loud will for sure make you tongue tied, but all the illustrations, colors, and crazy ideas make for a great story all my campers over the summer loved!
Summary: Gerald McGraw is a young boy who visits his local zoo one day and imagines what different changes he'd make if he ran a zoo. He imagines all types of animals mixed and animals with abnormal features from far away places. He tells how people would talk and travel from all over just to visit his zoo.My Respnse: I liked how the pictures showed examples how the animals would look with their abnormal features. It was a cute story using imagination of how a boy would change things if he would run a zoo. I would recommend this book to maybe young children around ages of 5-8 years old. Classroom Extension: 1)What changes would they make if they ran a zoo and where would they get their animals. 2)How where these imaginary animals from this book different from real life animals.
The rhythm, rhymes and repetition in this book will help develop phonological awareness or the sounds of words. The book will also help build vocabulary including: chieftains, scrawny, custard, vicious, astounding and iota. Best of all, this book encourages a wild imagination as it describes a lion with at least ten feet, a "tizzle-topped Tufted Mazurka" from the island of Yerka and "a very find beast called the Flustard Who only eats mustard with sauce made of custard."If you like this book, you'll also love "If I Built a Car" by Chris van Dusen.
This book tells how a little boy imagined collecting various rare animals around the world. The little boy uses different kinds of strategies and tools to find and catch animals on different continents. He is courageous and successful in brining all those animals back to his zoo. The title “If I ran the zoo” is very straight forward in relate to the content of the book. This book can be used to encourage children to use their imaginations. The plot is easy to follow. However, there are words could be difficult for kindergarteners and younger without the guidance of an adult. In addition, the image about Asia and Africa might be a little bit too exaggerated, which might mislead the child’s understanding toward what those continents are like. Overall, it’s a highly recommended book for children, aged 4 and above.
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