At the Zoological Conservation Park, animals roam freely through spacious, outdoor habitats, which allow them to live as they would in the wild, and which afford curious children ample opportunity to observe and learn about a variety of fascinating species. Aliki, the beloved author of such nonfiction picture books as My Visit to the Aquarium
and My Five Senses
, is an expert at fascinating readers without overwhelming them. It's the child narrator who tells readers about the lifestyles, eating habits, and unique characteristics of the animals she encounters. Labels giving species name and country of origin alongside the accompanying illustrations serve as reinforcement and additional background. The illustrations themselves provide balance, interspersing close-up looks at a selection of plants and animals among sweeping paintings of this very special zoo, which includes everything from tropical rainforest to vast, open plains. Explanations about endangered species and the importance of conservation are integrated throughout. Maximizing the book's ease and usefulness for both teachers and students is a color-coded chart complete with world map which shows the habitats of different animals, tells whether or not they are endangered, and lists the page where they can be found. But Aliki never forgets the importance of the story itself: kid-friendly highlights of this field trip include a ride on the monorail and a chance to pet baby animals. Readers can even learn how to tell where a monkey comes from just by looking at its nose! Ideal for multiple readings, My Visit to the Zoo
is the perfect preparation for, or remembrance of, a real zoo visit.