Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Going to the Zoo by Tom Paxton and illustrated by Karen Lee Schmidt

Going to the Zoo is a fun little book for younger grades.  It has the sheet music printed in front and back, but no cd :(  I love to sing this song because there are so many verses and the chorus is fun- the kids always end up singing along.  The illustrations in this book are VERY cute- the children and the animals look like they are having tons of fun. In the book you travel to the Zoo with two very excited children and their dad. They keep the Zoo Keeper busy as they pass animals like Elephants, Lions, Bears, Monkeys, Kangaroos, and more.

 I almost always pair this with Carnival of the Animals- Elephant.  The elephant is the first animal mentioned in the story and has his "long trunk swingin'".  After the story, students get to listen to the Carnival song twice, the first deciding HOW to move and the second they get to move around the room, ending back in their seats- of course with their long arm trunks swingin. :)

Other zoo/ animal books I like:
Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear? by Eric Carl
Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andrea and David Wojtowycz
Rumble In the Jungle by Giles Andrea and David Wojtowycz
Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andrea and David Wojtowycz
Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig and Illustrated by Marc Brown
Down by the Station by Will Hillenbrand

Order the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Going-Zoo-Tom-Paxton/dp/0688138004

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