Book Review : Dear Zoo

By Rod Campbell

The book is about a letter to the zoo from a child who wants a pet. They send various different animals, all of which prove unsuitable for one reason or another the elephant is too big, the lion too fierce, the giraffe too tall, the monkey too naughty.

Finally, the zoo send a puppy: “He was perfect! I kept him.” And simple as they sound those last few words never fail to bring childish, happy, and satisfied smiles.

 

With a flap to lift on every page, this interactive board book encourages the reader to try to guess what the zoo has sent to the child in the story. Each animal is hidden in a flap in the shape of a crate or a box which the reader must open to find out what is behind it.

Also, a little part of the animal is visible to provides clues as to what the animal behind the flap might be. The book gives you open discussions about the characteristics of different animals.

Books add magic to a child’s life. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell is one of the very first MUST READ books for your child…
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With attractive pictures and interactive flaps, this board book grabs the attention of little minds and helps them learn animal names in a simple way. Add magic to their learning experience with creative craft ideas plus toys and enhance your child’s creativity with engaging storytelling☺️
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Toys in the picture:

Safari Blockmates

Animal Upon Animal Game

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Book Review: The Mixed-Up Chameleon

By  Eric Carle 

“Be happy with who you are”- a very important message conveyed by “The Mixed-Up Chameleon🦎” in a very simple way.

The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle is a story of a chameleon who is pretty much like any other chameleon you might come across.

One day, he goes to the zoo and is amazed by all those different animals it sees. He looks around and the fun starts. He sees a polar bear and wishes he was as big and white as that. Bang! His wish comes true.

He sees a flamingo and wishes he was as beautiful as that. Bang! Again wish comes true

and he grows wings and flamingo legs. And he continues wishing until he ends up with fish fins, deer antlers, a giraffe’s neck, a tortoise’s shell, an elephant’s face, and trunk and a pair of seal flippers (see picture below). Suddenly he sees a fly. Our chameleon friend is hungry but how can he possibly get at the fly in his current state? He wishes he was itself again. And bang! His wish comes true.

And he uses his super sticky tongue to eat the fly!

 

 

 

 

Full of bright colors and attractive illustrations, the story keeps the child attached to it. And yes, with a lovely life lesson it touches the souls of elder ones too…

With the color mixing activity and including Build n Play Safari Animal toy by  wonderworld_toys as the cherry on top, you can make the read more engaging and pass on the message to the child in a simple way. Hope you like our book recommendation☺️

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Book Review: There is NO DRAGON in this story

By Lou Carter; Illustrated by Deborah Allwright

Someday or the other we all want a change from every day and expected…to branch out and try something new, to break our fated mould and challenge a long-held trope.


Well, this is exactly what Dragon tries to do. Poor Dragon is tired of being the villain all the time and doesn’t feel like capturing any princesses or being defeated by any knights. So, he decides to go in search of another story where he can be a hero. The Gingerbread Man doesn’t want him, Little Red Riding Hood doesn’t want him – everyone in the fairy tale world says the same answer :
‘No, no, no, that’s not how it goes. There is NO DRAGON in this story.’

Will he ever find a story where he can be the hero?🐉

 

Finally, in an act of desperation, the dragon becomes muddle up with Jack, the beanstalk and a sneezing Giant.

 

 

Suddenly, the fairy tale world casts into darkness when the sun is accidentally blown out by Giant’s sneeze. Sitting in the darkness, it finally occurs to all the Fairytale characters that actually, perhaps exactly what they need is a dragon in this story💡

Aahhh that shining moment arrives and dragon gets a chance to break out of his stereotypically assigned role. “I can’t…Can I? Can I?! I Can!!!”

It’s a wonderful story to teach a child about breaking all the stereotypes and confidently come up as a hero to save the world. Beautiful illustrations sure keep the kids engaged…

 

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Read Aloud – What the Lady Bird Heard By Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks

Book Synopsis: “Oink!” said the cats . . . With all the MOOing and HISSing and BAAAing and CLUCKing, the farmyard is full of noise. But when Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len hatch a plot to steal the fine prize cow, it’s the quietest animal of all who saves the day! Spot the glittery ladybird on every page of What the Ladybird Heard, a wonderful rhyming tale.

Age level: 2 years +

Author:  Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Lydia Monks