Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

Lift-the-flap books, like Dear Zoo, pique children’s curiosity and encourage interactive play during storytime. I started reading this to Theo when he was a newborn which of course did not result in any world-shocking response from him. As he got a few months older and understood the concept of peek-a-boo, lifting the flaps to expose each animal is THE most thrilling thing ever.

Repetitive text helps build memory skills (don’t the little ones JUST LOVE prediction?) and the flaps fine tune motor skills. The board book is fairly sturdy and I think it is suitable for babies and toddlers who might have the tendency to explore things by tasting them.

It is a great book to introduce animals one might find in a zoo and simple adjectives that describe each of them. Definitely a brilliant book for babies and toddlers. 



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