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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Non-Fiction
Life-Size Zoo

Life-Size Zoo

Spring 2009 Non-Fiction
Ages: 3 & Up
Author: Teruyuki Komiya
Author: Kristin Earhart
Illustrator: Toyofumi Fukuda
ISBN: 978-193473420-9
Hardcover Price: $17.95
From the endearing content pages to the Can You See That - (“a zebra’s muzzle is black with no stripes,” “a capybara has a long, flat muzzle and small ears”) invitation to explore the extraordinarily detailed life-size photos, young readers are immediately drawn to this book of remarkable design.

Readers are captivated by, and at, every turn of the page. The book’s allure is punctuated with enormous foldouts of a giraffe, an elephant, and a rhinoceros. Each of the twenty animals, (twenty one if you count the elephant calf) photographed at Japan’s premier zoos, is identified with its name (common and scientific), sex, and age. Right-page borders are illustrated with brief animal facts.

Not to be missed.

Claire Green   ©2009 Parents' Choice
Claire is president of Parents' Choice Foundation and cofounder of Sandbox Summit®. She looks for toys and media that will unleash children's interests, and celebrate the fun of learning.

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