Birthday Zoo

May 7th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Books


Birthday Zoo is a story that revolves around animals in the zoo who are celebrating a boy’s birthday party. Through clever rhymes, each animal plays a different role at the party. For example, the sloth says, “Spread out a cloth,” and the bats instruct, “Pass out the hats.” My favorite came from the tapir, who says, “Recycle the paper.” It’s always nice to throw a positive message into the mix .Together, the animals create a happy celebration for all! The illustrations are colorful, lively, and full of details. It’s a fun book that will kids will enjoy reading.

However, that being said, the actual title of the book, Birthday Zoo, is not an ideal title for veg parents. If you can overlook the title and the one reference to the zoo in the story (other than those, you wouldn’t know these animals live at a zoo), this is a nice book. But for those who care about the welfare of animals and who are committed to abolishing venues and industries that exploit them, I would leave this book off your bookshelves.

Ages 2-5.

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  • Deborah Rose


    Thanks very much for your review and for all you do! The meaning of the word “zoo” in the title and last verse is really refers to a situation of pandemonium and unrestrained
    behavior–an apt description of most birthday parties I witnessed when my kids were small!

    I tell students at my school visits that the characters in the story have personalities like people in my family. I’m glad that you especially like the tapir, because that is ME. I was always the mom at parties and school events picking up whatever could be recycled!

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