What's New at the Zoo: An Animal Adding Adventure moves through a zoo, visiting the different exhibits and counting the animals. At each exhibit a short rhyme asks your child to add the animals and includes the equation. The addition begins simply (2+1=?) but becomes increasingly difficult (12+8=?), providing a challenge for even young math whizzes.
After our morning at the zoo, Little Page and I read the book together. She enjoyed counting the animals and solving the equations (with a little help from me), but we both really enjoyed the illustrations. There are examples on Joan's website, if you'd like to check them out. Full of color and details, but not overly bright or garish - I wish our zoo looked this good! The kangaroos look ready to leap off the page; the elephants seem to be having the time of their lives splashing in the water; she even managed to make sleeping bats look cute. Each picture is framed with a colorful and appropriate border (zebra print, snakeskin, bamboo), and hidden within the illustrations floats a single red balloon. These extra details lend mileage to this book, providing children reasons to flip through it long after they've mastered the simple math.
You can win a copy of this book! Here's how:
- Post a comment letting us know your favorite animal-themed children's book.
- For an additional entry, blog about this giveaway and then email me the link to your blog.
- Sorry, I love my international readers, but I can only afford to ship the book within the continental United States.
- Please enter by Sunday, September 20th. The winner will be picked randomly and announced on Monday.