If I Ran the Zoo
By combining the funniest stories, craziest creatures, and zaniest pictures with his unique blend of rhyme, rhythm, and repetition, Dr Seuss helps children of all ages and abilities learn to read.
But if I ran the zoo,
Said young Gerald McGrew,
I’d make a few changes.
That’s just what I’d do…
It’s a wonderful tale about a young kid imagining what kind of animals,...
...from every strange and oddball places around the world,...
...he’d bring to the zoo and it that way to attract more audience to it.
Illustrates quite well, again, the theme of “Dream Bigger”, but...
...again, the ending (I won’t tell! Don't worry!) is kinda anti-climatic for my par ...more
Dr. Seuss, of course, was a master of zaniness. And If I Ran the Zoo takes Zany to new limits.
In it, a little kid named McGrew dreams of turning the town zoo into a home for mythical, magical beasts - who become more and more weird with each turning page.
Now I know why I always had an off-the-wall sense of humour!
Too much Dr. Seuss did it - back in those dreary and repressive 1950’s. I was like a tot who’s always high on sugar!
In later ...more
We liked this very much, and had many laughs with the story and pictures.
Exactly like all of his other books, this one was great. A little journey into weird, and extraordinary nooks all over the fantasy world with one goal, to find and capture, unique animals and bring them back to the new zoo.
The Zoo McGrew, made by little Gerald McGrew, is the place to be if you are an amazing animal, or a curious ...more
Reading these rhymes out loud was difficult, and not in a fun way. The sentences were way too long and stretched oddly to make them rhyme. It just didn’t flow well?
But the worst part is the casual racism? While imagining capturing dozens of fictional animals for his zoo, a little boy just mentions “helpers with their eyes all at a slant” and casually jokes about bringing one back too??? It was gross
I love many of Dr. Seuss's books and their messages, but I'll have to let this one by. It's just too hurtful.
First off, the whole premise of the book is upsetting. A little boy fantasizes about becoming the new zoo-keeper. He imagines capturing the most rare and unusual animals for his zoo, embarking on a hunting expedition to catch as many unusual animals as he can find. Then we start in with the racism. Specifically against Asian people.
"With helpers who all wear their eyes at a slant..." Yeeaaah... that's not ...more
Said young Gerald McGrew,
I'd make a few changes.
That's just what I'd do ...
First published in 1950, the title enters popular culture's
lexicon as a hip motto for a generation of office workers.
The book does have some physical racial stereotyping, which has engendered some very negative emotional reactions from some readers. Certainly they are noticeable, but consider when the book was published (1950). Because our world has become so racially sensitive, are we now to set aside all books that have racial insensitivities? That would mean setting aside Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, The Color Purple, There Eyes We ...more
Some beasts of a much more un-usual kind."
Gerald McGrew é um menino pequenino com ideias grandes! Se ele fosse o responsável pelo Jardim Zoológico, as coisas seriam diferentes. No livro "If I Ran the Zoo", ele conta-nos, sempre a rimar, os animais que teria no seu Jardim Zoológico e como os capturaria, descrevendo as suas características físicas, a sua personalidade, bem como os locais exóticos onde pertencem.
Dr. Seuss recorre à sua imaginação maravilhos ...more
In this book Dr. Seuss has been at his most inventive, making up people, places, animals and all kinds of other stuff. It has been great fun reading this one and I think we'll be reading it again in a few days.
We are introduced to Gerald McGrew who goes to the Zoo one day. He loves the Zoo and when he sees the Lions in a cage and a guard r ...more
I will admit the "eyes at a slant" threw me off and I had to s ...more
I wish I would have read this before reading to Kaito. I would have never chosen this book to read a loud to Asian/White child (I wouldn't choose this book for any child whatever race) . "helpers who all wear their eyes at a slant" it was like glass of cold ...more
Well, one must never get old to re-reading Dr. Seuss' masterpiece, right?
However, this book is considered a controversial or challenged b ...more
Teaching Ideas: I would use this book as a way to introduce poetry to the students. I would have the students read this book as a class, and then would have them write their own short poem about what they would do if they were in charge of the zoo.
Evaluation: I think this book contains a cute story line. ...more
However, African tribes-people are portrayed black as charcoal with little grass skirts, and a middle-eastern is portrayed with a turban, fleein ...more
Summary: This book tells the story of Young Gerald McGrew and what would happen if he got the chance to run the zoo.
Evaluation: This book is very funny and had some wonderful illustrations. The text only took up a little of the page and was often over a picture. I liked how this book focused on the pictures. It was a fun book that had some interesting vocabulary words.
Teaching Ideas: I would use this book when I was introducing poetry to the students. I would read the book to them a...more