Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The One About N - Never, Ever Shout in a Zoo!

Another silly story.  I don't know about you, but every field trip I have ever taken to the zoo is loud.  Maybe there's not shouting, but there definitely is excitement and noisy children.  Everywhere.

Luckily though, the antics that occur in this book have never happened to me, regardless of how loud we've been at the zoo.  One of the reasons I enjoy this story is because it is so outrageous and fun.  What kid doesn't like a story where animals run rampant through the zoo, all because of a little shout?    Another reason is the fact that it is written in a narrative tone where the author speaks to the reader, similar to Lulu and the Brontosaurus.  I find that my kiddos often enjoy this as well because it draws them into the book and helps get them to use their imagination, and this book is certainly one that feeds their active little imaginations.

As for using this in the classroom, I typically read it just for fun.  Sometimes you need a silly story to liven things up or break the monotony of a rough day.  However, you could easily take the surprise/twist ending a step further by having the students respond or continue it.  That would be a great idea for a class story or even individual writing.  I'm not sure if there is a follow-up or sequel to this story, I'll have to Google it, but it does lend itself to one at the end.  Do you know?

What do you think of this book?  Have you read it?  Do you enjoy it?  Any other fun zoo stories that you enjoy reading?  I've also read this prior to a zoo field trip, just for fun.

Thanks for hopping by.


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