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Dear Zoo is twenty-five years old -- and still as popular as ever!

And with an updated look, this classic children's storybook about a youngster loooking for a perfect pet is sure to delight a new generation of readers!



Book Details:
  • Format: Board Book
  • Publication Date: 5/8/2007
  • Pages: 18
  • Reading Level: Age 1 and Up

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Popularity: #71 in Top 100 Books, #98 in Books
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Dear Zoo: A Lift-The-Flap Book

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4.5

(based on 11 reviews)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Deserves multiple readings (6)
  • Easy to understand (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Younger readers (5)
    • Gift (3)
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    5.0

    Daughter loves!

    By Books are Happiness

    from Los Angeles, CA

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Understand

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gift
      • Younger Readers

      Comments about Dear Zoo: A Lift-The-Flap Book:

      My daughter loves pulling down and opening the flaps. And of course, anything with animals is always a winner. Great little book. An obvious classic.

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      5.0

      Very cute book

      By Four My Daughters

      from Sunny USA

      About Me Bookworm

      Pros

      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Easy To Understand

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gift
        • Younger Readers

        Comments about Dear Zoo: A Lift-The-Flap Book:

        Both my 1year old and 3 year old love this book.

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        5.0

        GREAT for Babies!

        By Lady Greenthumbs

        from Atlanta, GA

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        Pros

        • Animals
        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Easy To Understand
        • Interactive

        Cons

        • Flaps A Little Flimsy

        Best Uses

        • Babies

        Comments about Dear Zoo: A Lift-The-Flap Book:

        This is the ONLY book my 9 month old baby would sit still for, because she could open and close the flaps. Some open upwards, others to the sides, and some pull down. She is 10 months now and we've read it every night sometimes several times a night. Despite some aggressive tugging it has not ripped, but some flaps are a little bent. She will sit and play with this book on her own, and actually now is more interested in other books. This one started the trend! Before she would never sit still on our laps. The story is of finding the perfect pet, from a zoo who keeps sending animals until they get it right. We're not concerned about the message at this age. It's mainly read for its interactive use and to be able to recognize pictures of animals. We always demonstrate the animal sounds as well. :) It's great for baby's dexterity and figuring out the different flaps.

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        5.0

        One of the best

        By DCP

        from Huntingtown, MD

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        Pros

        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Well Written

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Travel Reading
          • Younger Readers

          Comments about Dear Zoo: A Lift-The-Flap Book:

          Great book for our 1-year old! He loves the interactive books. This is a classic.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          One of my son's favorite books

          By Sarah

          from Boston, MA

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                Comments about Dear Zoo: A Lift-The-Flap Book:

                This is a very cute book! It's perfect for little ones under the age of two. My son loves lifting the flaps to see what animal is inside. Anyone who suggests that this book is not appropriate because it gives the message that we just send living things back if we don't want them should be sent back themselves! I mean really, if you wrote to the zoo to request a pet and they sent you a lion, would you really keep it?

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                5.0

                Great book!

                By First time Mom

                from Kansas

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                • Deserves Multiple Readings
                • Easy To Understand

                Cons

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                  • Gift
                  • Younger Readers

                  Comments about Dear Zoo: A Lift-The-Flap Book:

                  Great lift the flap book! My daughter really likes it!

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Quickly became my son's favorite book!

                  By T's Personal Librarian

                  from DC

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                  Pros

                  • Deserves Multiple Readings
                  • Easy To Understand
                  • Well Written

                  Cons

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                      Comments about Dear Zoo: A Lift-The-Flap Book:

                      My 17m son loves lift-the-flap books so thought this sounded like a good choice. It is perfect for toddlers nice simple repetative story line, cute illustrations and flaps. This is the first book my soon wants in the morning and again when I get home from work (and again, and again...)

                      Some folks are concerned that the story line has a bad "message" - writing to the zoo to request a pet and the sending each animal back because it is "too ____" until the end when a gets one that is perfect. I choose not to take it so seriously - I think the author means it to be silly which is how I think kids will take it and not at all realistic. I thing most would agree that and elephant is not a good choice for a pet and that it is "too big" and not take this as judgement against big people.

                      But all of that said, I did not give it 5 stars because I used a label machine to replace two of the words. I replaced "scarey" with "slimey" for the snake as I didn't want to teach my son to be afraid of snakes and I replaced "naughty" with "silly" for the monkey just because it didn't sit well with me to be defining monkeys as naughty. So I guess we all have our own line.

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                      (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      okay for baby but...

                      By Mama Bear

                      from Winter Park, FL

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Understand

                      Cons

                      • Disappointing

                      Best Uses

                      • Younger Readers

                      Comments about Dear Zoo: A Lift-The-Flap Book:

                      I don't like this book's message. The narrator keeps getting different animals and for one reason or another (too tall, too scary, too jumpy etc.) keeps sending them back to the zoo. We don't just send living things back! Is this why we have so many unwanted dogs and cats in animal shelters? Oh, he was too jumpy, so I just sent him back! On a positive note, my 14mo. old likes the flaps even though they're kind of difficult for chubby little fingers. There are just too many other flap books with better messages... wish I could just SEND IT BACK!

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Sturdy

                      By Joanne

                      from New York

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Effective

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Toddlers

                        Comments about Dear Zoo: A Lift-The-Flap Book:

                        This is a very fun 'lift the flap' board book with great animal pictures and a silly story to entertain both the adult and child reader. We've had it for several months and it still holds our very active toddler's interest, and it's sturdy enough that he hasn't managed to rip any of the flaps off yet. Good value!

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                        5.0

                        Simply Wonderful

                        By monito

                        from t

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                        Pros

                        • Good Value

                        Cons

                        • Needs Toddler Supervision

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Dear Zoo: A Lift-The-Flap Book:

                          This is a simple book for toddlers to have. I like that the illustrations are small and don't take up the whole page. Many toddler books are too busy for my taste. There are tabs that you lift as you read the story which are too hard for my one year old to manipulate, but that's okay, as we read this book together. I like that it's a riddle book and emphasizes some key concepts such as heavy, small and tall. I was pleasantly surprised that this is a sturdy board book, as the price seemed to reflect a flimsier made product.
                          I bought this based on the below review...and I'm really glad I did!

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                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          great peekaboo zoo fun

                          By Abi

                          from Silver Spring, MD

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                          Pros

                          • Many ages
                          • Not boring for parent

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • First books
                            • TODDLER BOOKS

                            Comments about Dear Zoo: A Lift-The-Flap Book:

                            My 2 yo has liked this book from when she used it to focus on the bold color of the illustrations on white backgrounds. Then she couldn't lift the flaps herself but loved it when I did. Now she makes all the noises the animals makes when she sees them, lifts the flaps, names them, etc.
                            The repeating phrase in the book has also entered our family vocabulary, because my spouse and I also love the book so much.

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