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Dear Zoo

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'I wrote to the zoo to send me a pet . . .'Rod Campbell's classic lift-the-flap book Dear Zoo has been a firm favourite with toddlers and parents alike ever since it was first published in 1982.Young children will love lifting the flaps to discover the animals the zoo has sent - a monkey, a lion and even an elephant! But will they ever manage to send the perfect pet?With bright, bold artwork, a catchy refrain and a whole host of favourite animals, Dear Zoo is a must for every child's bookshelf - and the thick card pages, chunky cased cover and sturdy flaps make it perfect for small hands.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Other
Published: 2nd July 2010
Number of Pages: 18

ISBN-13: 9780230747722

Age Ranking
  1. #1 of 1825 books for 2 year olds
  2. #1 of 1540 books for 1 year olds
  3. #1 of 850 books for Babies
  4. #1 of 2085 books for 3 year olds
  5. #1 of 2308 books for 4 year olds
  6. #1 of 1864 books for 6 year olds
  7. #2 of 1615 books for 8 year olds
  8. #2 of 1818 books for 5 year olds
  9. #17 of 1512 books for 9 year olds
  10. #21 of 1816 books for 7 year olds
  11. #48 of 1139 books for 10 year olds
  12. #79 of 727 books for 11 year olds
  13. #94 of 386 books for 12 year olds
122 Book reviews
19th September '17
I read it to ishaanjain aged 1
Dear Zoo 9780230747722
5 stars
Swiftly turning into my son's favourite book. He loves the flaps and plays peekaboo with the animals. From a parent's perspective there's lots to learn. Animal names and associated adjectives. I love this book because it keeps my otherwise very distracted son quite busy or a while :)
30th January '17
I read it to Lucielocket aged 4 & to Mollie aged 2
Dear Zoo 9780230747722
5 stars
My girls love this book so much my 4 year old daughter can now read it to my 2 year old she has heard to many times she has remembered it. 
1st October '14
Read to a child aged 3
Dear Zoo 9780230747722
5 stars
We loved the simplicity of the book and that my child can interact and make little stories of her own eg the monkey is naughty so my 4year old proceeds to tell me it pinched her banana!(It doesn't pinch a banana) Every animal piques her imagination. She has made me read it that much that the final page went missing, fear not tho we know the words off by heart now :)
1st November '14
Read to children aged Under 1 & 1
Dear Zoo 9780230747722
5 stars
Love the lift the flaps, the surprise on the last page is always a favourite with my Grandson. Interactive books or ones with touch/feel bits are great for us as my grandson has an eye condition (nystagmus) so these ones are great for him, they're also very well illustrated, lovely bright colours with no distractions for him to look at (as in too many pictures). Always full concentration from our wee lad. Wasn't anything that I would not like about this book.
21st December '17
I read it to Babybelle aged 4 & to Ivylivy aged 1
Dear Zoo 9780230747722
5 stars
I have loved this book for years!! I used to read it to my neice when she was little and now read it to my other neice :) it's a family favourite in our household. My eldest neice likes it so much she helps my 1 year old neice read it and lift the flaps to discover the animals. They both have such a good giggle making animal noises :)
15th June '17
I read it (an adult) , to Laceywarrilow28 aged 6 , to Keirawaddell8 aged 8 , to Davidwarrilow1 aged 3 & to Jackwarrilow18 aged 11 months
Dear Zoo 9780230747722
5 stars
Who doesn't love a lift the flap book?
My kids love this and love the animals and the simple story. It's a great family book. Good for early readers. Bold and colourful and fun too!!
20th February '17
I read it to Year 1 aged 5 to 6
Dear Zoo 9780230747722
5 stars
Dear Zoo is a classic! I used this book with my class to create their own versions of the story. They loved the anticipation of finding out what animal the boy would finally get. A lovely book with beautiful illustrations! 
20th September '16
I read it to Theotheo15 aged 1
Dear Zoo 9780230747722
5 stars
Can't go wrong with this book!! Little surprises under the flap, repetitive phrases so the little ones can learn. My son loves both looking at the book on his own and me reading it to him! We've replaced this so many times as his little hands sometimes get over zealous with the flap!! Well worth it though. Grim favourite!! 
5th September '16
I read it to Arya aged 3
Dear Zoo 9780230747722
5 stars
What a wonderful book the pages are nice and strong so not too easy for little hands to tear; the flaps are easy to lift.
The story is definitely a classic and all children should experience it. It's not a long story and we read it in a rhythm like song and my daughter  loved it she grasped the words quickly like this and she knows the book herself now. She also changed some of the story as she loves monkeys and so instead of him being naughty and sent back she decided he was too cute and we kept him. 
I really recommend this book and although my daughter is three she still loves reading it. 
3rd July '16
I read it to SophieKelly aged 3
Dear Zoo 9780230747722
5 stars
Classic - lots of interaction, lots of vocabulary.... fun making the animal sounds. A must have book from age 1 upwards. Just putting it away now (age 3)
20th December '16
I read it to Pickle2010 aged 6 , to Turbo aged 4 & to Doodles aged 1
Dear Zoo 9780230747722
5 stars
A classic children's book that helps build vocabulary in younger children and build
Confidence in early readers. All 3 of my
Children have loved this book, simple pictures and a nice simple storyline makes it perfect for a starting point for a lifetime love of books. 
11th September '17
I read it to Ellie14 aged 3 & to Rooroo aged 1
Dear Zoo 9780230747722
5 stars
This is a great book for small children which they can guess who is in the crate. A timeless classic. 
14th October '16
I read it to Pickle2010 aged 6 , to Turbo aged 4 & to Doodles aged 1
Dear Zoo 9780230747722
5 stars
One of my 3 children's most favourite and dog eared books that's bought out time and time again! Perfect lift the flap book for toddler sized fingers, just getting to grips with how to handle books, equally enjoyable for beginner readers! A fun and engaging story with beautiful illustrations!
23rd May '16
I read it to Ellielebugjnr aged 9 months
Dear Zoo 9780230747722
5 stars
My husband bought this for our baby. He loved it as a child and now she loves it. We love all the animals, a lovely short story with lovely pictures. Its a nice story about what is appropriate as a pet, love it. 
11th September '17
I read it to BCSmith aged 12 & to EESmith aged 9
Dear Zoo 9780230747722
5 stars
One of the most memorable books I read to both of my children!
20th February '18
I read it to Chloe2410 aged 2
Dear Zoo 9780230747722
5 stars
This is a great starter book for a toddler who is just becoming interested in books. Not only can you read the lovely story, it allows you to talk about each animal at every page with your child. Also having the fun element of flaps which of course children love.
23rd January '17
I read it (an adult) , to Alesha-may aged 3 & to Declan-james aged 10 months
Dear Zoo 9780230747722
5 stars
This is a great family book for uncle children one of my son top 10 of mummy best reads 
9th October '16
I read it to Adixon aged 1
Dear Zoo 9780230747722
5 stars
My 17 month old loves this story. He has been asking me to read it at least once a day from the past couple of months. He adores flaps at the moment which this books has and I think they are great for getting babies interested in books. Each page features a different animal and he loves acting out each animal once he's opened the flaps such as making monkey noises or jumping about like a frog. 
2nd August '16
I read it to Checkywoo aged 5
Dear Zoo 9780230747722
5 stars
My daughter loved this book when she was little (1-3). It was read over and over again. We also had a mini version of the book which attached to her buggy.  This is a must-read book for kids!
15th September '16
I read it to Rosie2336 aged 10
Dear Zoo 9780230747722
5 stars
What a lovely book. My daughter loved lifting the flaps to find the animals.
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