Tuesday, August 25, 2009

What's New At The Zoo: An Animal Adding Adventure by Suzanne Slade

You can discover an animal expedition with a little math along the way in What's New at the Zoo?: An Animal Adding Adventure by Suzanne Slade. Slade's book is yet another published by the educational and much-loved Sylvan Dell Publishing, in which you can find additional resources on their website (click here!), including teaching activities, related websites, a limited time access to the ebook version, and so much more.

So, what did I think about the book? I loved it!! I loved the illustrations by Joan Waites! I loved the concept! I am always a fan of the activity pages in the back and the access to the online resources. But, what I loved the most is how this book incorporated the subject of math! It doesn't make the kids "feel" like they are doing math, a subject that many can often have negative feelings about or try to avoid. The math is incorporated into a rhyming story, keeping the child(ren) engaged and wanting to count and add some more!

My son, a preschooler, asked me to read this book to him multiple nights in a row! He kept coming back to it again and again! We would even finish reading the story and he would immediately want to go back to the first page to re-live the adventure!! This alone is a demonstration of the power of this book! Afterall, the only reason he quit asking for it was because I put it up so that I would remember to write this very review! Now, I'm off to add it back to our shelves, where I know it will end up right back in my child's hands!

Do you want to share the joy of math with a child through a story? I'm having a giveaway of this book ending August 31, 2009. Click here for more details and to enter to win!!!


  1. This looks cute and I really appreciate that they have additional online stuff, especially as my 2nd grader is supposed to practice his math facts 10 minutes per night now that school has started. This might be a fun way for him to do so.

  2. Kristen . . . don't forget to sign up for this giveaway then!!! It ends on Monday night (8/31)!!


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