Author: Laura Murray Illustrator: Mike Lowery Publisher: G.P.Putnam’s Sons, 2016, originally publ. in France by L’école des loisirs, 2013 Age: 4-8 Themes: gingerbread man, zoo animals, scavenger hunts Opening: I woke to the sound of a rumbling ROAR! And hooting, and howling, and growling galore. Summary: (from my library catalog) When the gingerbread man gets separated from his class during a field trip to the zoo, he uses his teacher’s animal scavenger hunt clues to find his way back to them.
Why I like this book: Another fantastic read-aloud from Laura Murray, layered with information on animal identification and fun! The illustrations are bright, comic-like (in composition too) and cheerful – bound to engage the whole class
Resources/Activities: great read for a science unit on zoology;create riddles about animals not included in the book: make a classroom scavenger hunt.
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Opening: One blustery morning, when frosty winds blew, When families stayed home, and when field trips were few, The midwinter doldrums arrived at the zoo.
Synopsis: When the winter doldrums arrive at the zoo, a very small hippo and a young kangaroo decide to stage a ZooZical, to display their singing, dancing, acrobatic, and other talents to the people of Springfield.
Why I like this book: This book had me with the end papers! Simple line drawings and coarse (yet not itchy!) textures compliment such funny rhymes : Then the snakes (by mistake) tied themselves up in knots. Ocelots lost their spots.