When Flora looks at the animals in the zoo, she gets a surprise: she's not the only one doing the looking! Flora looks at the giraffe, and the giraffe looks back. So do the tiger, the penguin, the ostrich, the koala, and the gorilla. Visits to the other animals are just as exciting, with rhymes at every stop: the panther with its coat of silky black, the snake slithering through a crack, the camel with humps upon its back, the bear gobbling up a snack, and more. But the best surprise is at the end, when Flora looks at her father . . . and he smiles
Beloved storyteller Mem Fox has created a lively trip to the zoo that will have young children chanting along. Her buoyant rhymes find a perfect match in the texture and glowing colors of Candace Whitman's torn-paper collages, which effectively bring out the excitement of Flora's day and the individual characters of the animals she visits. Flora herself, with her big smile and even bigger purple hat, is a joy to spend the day with.