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Zoopa: An Animal Alphabet

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  32 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Open the pages of this lively book and discover a bowl of animal alphabet soup sure to spark children's imaginations. From the tiny ant on the front endpapers to the exuberant zebra in the final spread, children will delight in the mischievous menagerie that bursts onto the table, while at the same time learning their letters and animals. Filled with imaginative details, i...more
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published August 18th 2005 by Chronicle Books
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Toni
Jun 17, 2008 Toni rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Laura, Lynne, Sarah, anyone who enjoys reading to young children
A truly delightful little book to read to young children! As the soup keeps building with each new lively addition kids will have fun finding the animals and relating them to their letter. I had the added pleasure of meeting the author/illustrator and seeing some of her art work (not limited to books).
William Hiser
Zoopa – an Animal Alphabet, written and illustrated by Gianna Marino, is 36 page children’s wordless alphabet book published by Chronicle Books in 2005. It was written for pre-kindergarten through third grade. The setting of this book is bowl of tomato soup on a placemat with a spoon and napkin. Each page adds 2-3 letters to the soup as well as animals or insects that represent each letter. The challenge is that there are no words. The reader must identify the animal correctly (there is a key in...more
Jim
"Zoopa!" by Gianna Marino is that rare, engaging treat: the wordless picture book. But don't think that means there isn't a story! Her gorgeous illustrations speak louder than any words in this delightfully delicious first book.
The action centers around a bowl of alphabet soup. As each letter is added, an animal appears whose name starts with that letter. At first, it is easy enough to spot the animal, but as the table gets more and more crowded, the difficulty level increases. Kids will love f...more
Maria
I just cannot help but look at ZOOPA over and over again. It works on so many levels. First off, it is visually stunning. Gianna Marino is a very gifted artist and renders the animals in a realistic yet humorous manner. She is also very creative about the manner in which the animals appear on the page: some walk off the pattern on the plate or napkin, others slither, hop, jump or crawl in. And some just pop up from the soup.
The animals seem to jump off the page without making the pages confusin...more
Allison
This is a fun way to incorporate the alphabet into a book. Each page contains the bowl of soup and two or three letters are added at a time. With the addition of each letter is the picture of an animal that represents that letter. There aren't any words on the pages, so it would be a little difficult for some kids to make the connections. Also, a couple of the animals are unfamiliar so the first time you read it you won't know what letter it represents. At the end there are two pages that have t...more
April
This book is clever, but a little too clever. Each page has a few more alphabet letters in the bowl of soup and an animal shows up that has a name that starts with the same letter. There are no words until the end when the names of all the animals are featured and you can figure out why a goat is "n". It's a "nanny goat" don't know why I didn't get that... I'm being sarcastic.

The art is cute, but seems kind of warped or awkward how the animals fit around the bowl. My son likes when the zebra pop...more
Sarah
There is no shortage of alphabet books to be sure but I love them so I am always eager to read the latest installment. This soupy version is not a read aloud. Instead, cuddle up with your favorite kid and enjoy watching him search for the zoo's worth of animals swimming around and in the bowl of soup.
Tricia
Short on words yet big on letters and illustrations of animals, this is a fun book for children to guess the animal names (sometimes rarely heard as in "Xenops", a bird). Storylines in the book are carried through the art and the reader's imagination.
Jenny
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Andréa
Some of the animals are obvious (dog, frog), while others are more difficult to figure out (nanny goat for N, xenops - a bird - for X).
Lynn
Fun fun fun!
Rachelccameron
Loved it!
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