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'Twas the Day Before Zoo Day Review by Cindy WestBy Catherine Ipcizade
Sylvan Dell Publishing
976 Houston Northcutt Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
With rhyming text and colorful illustrations, 'Twas the Day Before Zoo Day is a fun picture book for preschool through second grade. Not only is the story cute, but there is a lot of subtle information packed into the text and illustrations. For instance, the text reveals that elephants are bathed with a hose and a soft, sturdy broom, while an illustration shows that bears eat apples.
The learning continues after the story too. In the back of the book, you'll find a chart of many of the animals from the story. It tells each animal's class, what the babies are called, how much the babies weigh at birth, what we call their family group, and what they eat. Also included is a factual description of a zookeeper's responsibilities. A few "Creative Sparks" questions prompt children to give detailed answers. One such question is, "What could you do to help the animals stay healthy and active?"
That's not all. Children will have fun matching the names of the animals to their pictures in a little quiz at the back of the book. With each animal's name is a clue to teach your children even more about the animals from the book. For example, the gorilla's clue is, "My thumbs help me to grab food and to hold onto things."
There is a reference to the "yellow school bus," and you see a class of children entering the zoo on Zoo Day. But the book is so sweet and full of information that homeschoolers will appreciate it in spite of the public school mention. This book is a keeper for my little one!