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What Would You Do if You Were Left at the Zoo? by Renee Hand and illustrated by Middy Mathieu is a delightful children's pictorial book introducing readers to animals and zoos. Sheldon and his mama take a trip to the zoo one day. While there, they entertain each other at each exhibit by imitating what each animal naturally does, observe what type of environment they are in, and sometimes their diet and grooming habits. The whole day was spent discovering new animals to mimic, and gaining more information about each one.
Renee Hand introduces readers to many different concepts within this creative, unique, fun book. The author sets the story plot within a zoo, thus inviting readers to explore zoo life, such as animals within, their living habits, and their diets. The author also allows for a reader to ponder on what a career as a zookeeper might be like. When Sheldon visits one of the animals, he watches a caretaker, thus showing one job within the zoo.
What Would You Do if You Were Left at the Zoo by Renee Hand is not only a fun and exciting read for children and adults, but it is also interactive as readers can join in with the characters as they mimic each animal. The author offers a wonderful learning resource for parents and teachers, not only with the book itself but also with a number of activities, crafts, and games at the end of the book for children to complete and enjoy. This book has all of the elements a children's book should have: vivid and colorful illustrations, a learning concept, and an interactive story plot. This book is very charming and enjoyable for young children, parents, and educators.