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Zoo Day

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  176 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Beloved author Anne Rockwell celebrates animals of all kinds with a gorgeous new picture book about a child’s first visit to the zoo!

A young boy and his family visit the zoo for the very first time. From gorillas to lions, polar bears to parrots, Anne Rockwell and her daughter, artist Lizzy Rockwell, celebrate a day he will never forget. With simple, lyrical text and brigh
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 10th 2017 by Aladdin
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The Library Lady
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The Rockwell family have never made a bad picture book, and this one shows what they are best at. This book is billed as a "My First Experience" book, but earlier books (illustrated by the late Harlow Rockwell) brought kids to the beach, to pick Apples and Pumpkins, to watch for a "spring robin," and more. The words are always simple enough for a 2 year old, but so well chosen so that they bring experiences alive for any age.

The little red headed girl of early books (based, I think, on Lizzy Roc
Joanne Roberts
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is part of the "My First Experience" series. I love the concept of introducing what the experience will be like in a friendly, approachable way, though I am not sure kids need to be prepared for the zoo as they would for the dentist or the first day of school. Nonetheless, the writing is pretty straightforward, yet with a clear voice. Excellent explanation of the purpose and idea behind a zoo park, especially suited for the very young. Thoughtful text taking into consideration the chil ...more
Miya Gaub
Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Whether a child is familiar with the zoo or not, this book is a fun written experience story. It begins with a little boy explaining that he is going to the zoo for the first time with his mother, father, and little sister. I think this story would’ve been culturally rich if the family presented was not a stereotypical family of two parents and two children, as we know that many families are not actually made in this dynamic. Regardless, the story is interesting when animals are presented with v ...more
May 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
I do think this one would work fine if you needed to prepare an anxious or hesitant young child for their first zoo visit, but that is such a niche market and I don't see a value or special quality to this book beyond this highly specific situation. Maybe the fact that each of the family's two children find an animal experience that is special to them within the zoo? ...more
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There are some pretty harsh reviews for this book lol. We got it out from the library and my kid loved it and the past few nights he said he missed it since we returned it to the library so I’m going to buy it for his birthday present. The illustrations are beautiful and clear and the story is real and fun.
Little Owl
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-experiences
Great for introducing the concept of a zoo to R. He loved it - identifying the animals, etc, and this was fun for us to read for him to learn how the zoo map worked, and then we could reinforce this by playing zoo with his animal figurines later.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a good book, but it had a very simple story. It is a "my first experience" book and I believe it does do a good job at introducing some of the animals one would find at the zoo. In my opinion this book would be read to or by real young children. ...more
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoy this series. Family outing to the zoo.
Cara Byrne
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
A straight forward introduction of a zoo visit with pleasant illustrations.
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. A family goes to the zoo and the book outlines many of the animals and experiences the family has.
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I think this is a really fun book. Lots of animals are colorfully illustrated. Our favorite part was looking at the zoo map and discussing it. Great teaching tool for my 4.5 year old.
Heather McC
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
A brother and sister cherish their first visit to the zoo and play with a menagerie of animals. The map at the beginning of the book makes a great reference point.
Noah's choice; July 2017 ...more
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
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6/19/18 Read with Naomi, Julia, & Simon
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very nice illustrations. Too many words; a lot of the kids I read it to started to get restless.
Heather Jo
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: meggie-list
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Amanda Schwind
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals
For my students who have never been to the zoo, these clear illustrations and simple storyline help the kids get the experience!
Lynn  Davidson
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A day at the zoo is told by a boy going with his parents and his sister. He describes visiting different animals and mentions a little about each. Wonderful illustrations.
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great book to discuss the animals at the zoo.
Kids go to the zoo. Very simple intro to this kind of outing.
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pbf-zoo
The author keeps everything simple; perfect for sharing with a pre-school group.
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Nice little story about what it might be like to go to the zoo for the first time. (Not 100% sure why it needs a preparatory book like a doctor's visit or first day of school, but every kid is different and some might really benefit.)
Bonus points for showing big, open enclosures for most of the animals. There might have been a word or two about why the animals are there (protecting endangered species, education, protecting animals who can't be wild, etc.) but that might be too much information f
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Great "first experience" book. There's a map in the beginning, which can be used for an extended lesson. The main characters have a brown skin tone. Gives facts about animals' habitats and eating habits without being dry. Nice illustrations. Lots of signs to point out, great vocabulary, and nicely paced. ...more
Amy Lafleur Meyers
A little boy goes to the zoo with his family for the first time and takes readers through the experience through senses, sights, sounds, and feelings. Lots of colorful pictures and the first person narration make this a great read for kids who are getting ready to go to the zoo for the first time or just took a trip to the zoo. I love how the book shows that it's even okay to feel a little bit nervous as the little boy says, "I hold my father's hand tightly because the roars make me a little ner ...more
Hillary Dillon
Jan 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, picture-book
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Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
A bright and colorful book that you and your child will love to read.
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