Monday, July 21, 2014

National Zoo Keeper Week Review/Giveaway 7/26

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Our girls love animals. They're fascinating creators, and with this week being National Zoo Keeper week, it was a great time to get to review the following books with my girls. The zoo is a fun filled day of wonder and learning about different animals, but you never think about them getting sick or something going wrong. I liked the idea behind the book and was anxious to see how our girls took to them as well. 

The Zoo is Closed Today written by Evelyn Beilenson, illustrated by Anne Kennedy:
It was a warm sunny day with not much to do, so Sue and John walked to the Kalamazoo.

But when John and Sue arrive at the zoo, they are in for a big surprise! What is wrong with all of the animals? From Edward the elephant to Marcel the monkey, the animals have tummy aches and toothaches, runny noses and sore throats. Pete the zookeeper can barely keep up with taking care of them and has to close the zoo. And the next day, John and Sue are in for an even bigger surprise! This charming tale, illustrated with humor and warmth, demonstrates the value of sweet friendship.

I was so fascinated by the illustrations in this book. Besides the story behind each book, good pictures are a key feature for children's books. This book is full of fun animation, bright colors, and plenty of different things to look at on each page. It has a great story and I love reading it to our girls. It's a bit long for our 6yr old, but getting my kids to sit down and listen to a book cover to cover is a great way to spend time together, relax, and enjoy being together. 

At The Zoo Scratch & Sketch: An Art Activity Book for Animal Lovers by Lee Nemmers, illustrated by Martha Day Zschock

This fun and easy Trace-Along art activity book allows budding artists (5 and up) to use the wooden drawing tool enclosed to trace the white outlines of favorite animals on black-coated scratch art pages. Kids will be delighted to see lions, tigers, bears, seals, and more come alive in swirls of colors and glittery foil! They can also use the sketch pages in the back to draw their own pictures of favorite animals. At the Zoo Scratch & Sketch Art Activity Book includes a wooden stylus for drawing on black-coated paper to reveal glittering, gleaming colors beneath, wire-o-bound hardcover binding and 20 scratch off, 20 illustrated and 20 sketch pages. 

This book is a big hit with our girls. They love to idea of scratching off the white to reveal colors underneath. With 20 scratch pages, there's plenty for the three older girls to share, and they like to hover over one another and watch as their picture comes to life. The one thing I'd say about this book though is that the white is hard to scratch and if you go off in to the black it looks a little off. Our 6yr old Madison did the Tiger above and you can see where she got out of the lines in some spots around the back and such. Her picture isn't finished above because she got tired of scratching and took a break, hehe. 

Our 2yr old just likes the idea of scratching the whole page so her's is always careful since the different shades cover the whole page. I like that even though she isn't doing it correctly, she still has fun with it and that's all that really matters. 

Retail value for both items combined is $32. 
In honor of National Zoo Keeper week, enter below to win both books. 
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Amy said...

My littles would love this! !!! Thanks for the chance! !!! :)