If I Ran the Zoo

If I Ran the Zoo

eBook - 2013
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Animals abound in Dr. Seuss's Caldecott Honor-winning picture book If I Ran the Zoo. Gerald McGrew imagines the myriad of animals he'd have in his very own zoo, and the adventures he'll have to go on in order to gather them all. Featuring everything from a lion with ten feet to a Fizza-ma-Wizza-ma-Dill, this is a classic Seussian crowd-pleaser. In fact, one of Gerald's creatures has even become a part of the language: the Nerd! From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House Children's Books, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©1977
ISBN: 9780385379380
0385379382
Characteristics: 1 online resource : color illustrations

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dylankemp
Sep 11, 2016

A classic. A book of lists, imagination gone wild. Good for the under fives.

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theresa3
Jul 21, 2014

Oh what a wonderful place the zoo would bee if....

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HaydenCW
Feb 13, 2014

I'm sorry to see this book is available at the VPL. I recently purchased it at a gift shop at the Living Desert Zoo in Palm Springs, CA when we were there on holidays as a way for my son and I to recall our visit there. I didn't have time to read it prior to purchase but we love other Dr. Seuss books so felt it was a safe bet.

This book has some seriously racist content. Perhaps when it was published in the 1950s it was acceptable but it's not anymore. I had to stop reading it and have a conversation with my son about why and how the book was wrong. To put a positive spin on it, it was a teaching moment. But I was shocked by it. Needless to say, if my son showed up at his school referring to his Asian friends as "slant eyes", there'd be trouble.

Don't read this book with your kids!

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