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Little T remembers that she was frightened last time her family visited the zoo but not why, so her creative family helps by imitating animals from A to Z until she recalls exactly what caused her fear.
Publisher: New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, c2013
ISBN: 9781419707766
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Alternative Title: Fraidy zoo


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This joyful title begs to be read aloud. A young girl remembers her fear from visiting the zoo previously, but not the cause, and so her understanding family stays home until they can discover what is causing her fear. Invite children to name the animal the family is portraying, and reinforce the... Read More »

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Aug 31, 2020

I didn't fully appreciate the illustrations in this book until my 4.5 yo and I had read it a few times. The way the author/illustrator draws the different zoo animals that the family makes out of household objects is so fun and clever.

Basically, a white family talks about going to the zoo, and the youngest daughter is scared to go, but she can't remember why. The rest of the family tries to figure which animal she was afraid of by playfully creating elaborate costumes and dressing up as an animal for each letter of the alphabet. Eventually the girl who was scared starts having a lot of fun and joining in. My kid had a great time guessing each animal that they were acting out and asked to read this book over and over again.

I'm not sure if my 4.5 yo "got" the joke at the end, but she enjoyed the book anyway :)

ChristchurchKids Jan 29, 2014

It's the perfect day for the zoo, but Little T is afraid… she just can't remember why. Luckily, her parents and big sister are smart, determined, and not ashamed to be silly! Using props from around the house, they act out an A-Z series of animals to see which one scares Little T. The illustrations (like the costumes they depict) have a whimsical, handmade feel, and readers will dissolve into giggles as T's dad dons a tutu and several pink Post-Its for his flamingo impression, or T's sister crafts a jellyfish out of bubble wrap, streamers, and an umbrella. For more imaginative play, check out Antoinette Portis' Not a Box.
Picture books newsletter January 2014


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