Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Children's Book Review and Giveaway -- The View at the Zoo by Kathleen Long Bostrom


  • Reading level: Ages 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Ideals Children's Books, Ideals Publications (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082495629X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824956295
  • Buy now at Amazon


In this humorous twist on a visit to the zoo, just who has the more interesting view? As morning dawns, the zookeeper makes his rounds, exhorting the animals to wake up, comb their hair, and stand up straight. Soon their human visitors arrive, and the observations begin to flow. But just who is talking about whom? With a clever twist of text and bright and festive illustrations, this picture book will have children begging for a trip to the zoo.

My Review:

This is a great book for animal-loving children.  Does your child like the zoo and the many creatures that live there?  If so, then they will definitely love this book.  I read this book to Savannah over the summer and then again this past Friday before we headed to the zoo on Saturday.  This rhyming book introduces young children to the many animals found at the zoo.  I loved the concept of the book -- the zoo keeper goes around and wakes up all the animals and tells them to get ready for the visitors to the zoo.  Then, we see the families flow through the zoo, while enjoying each and every animal they encounter.  At the end of the day as the zoo guests leave, the animals are left behind with the best view -- they watch as the families leave the park after having a great day at the zoo.  What a cute book!  The text flows nicely and the illustrations are amazing.  They really bring the zoo animals to life, making the story flow and keeping young children entertained and eager to turn the page to see what animal is next to see at the zoo.

I will definitely be reading this to Savannah over the years and prior to and after our trips to the zoo.  Right now, Savannah enjoys the book and waves to the animals as I read it to her.  So, I know that this will be a treasured book for years to come.

About the Author:

Kathleen Long Bostrom's enthusiasm for zoos was evident from the tender age of one, when she tried to climb from her father's shoulders into the monkeys' cage! An ordained Presbyterian minister, Kathy has written dozens of books for kids and adults. She and her husband are parents of three grown children and live in Illinois with their beagle-mix, Ellie, who seems to really enjoy the view from Kathy's side.

Click here to visit Kathleen's personal website to learn more about her and her other publications.


This will be a quick giveaway.  The first person to email me and let me know their favorite zoo animal will win a copy of this book.  Good luck!

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this book in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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