What’s New at the Zoo?

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What’s New at the Zoo?
Come along on an animal adding adventure. Add baby animals to the adults to see how many there are all together. And while you are at it, learn what some of the zoo animals eat or what the baby animals are called. Follow the lost red balloon as it soars through the zoo. At the end of the day, count up all the animals you have seen. The “For Creative Minds" educational section includes: How many animals do you see?, Tens make friends, Adding by columns, Fact families, Food for thought, Animal matching activity, and Animal classes.

This nonfiction picture book with a cuddle factor and rhyming text includes a 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 50-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. What’s New at the Zoo? is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The interactive ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension.

Written by Suzanne Slade, Illustrated by Joan Waites
32 pg, 10 x 8.5, Ages 4-8, Grades PK-3, Lexile: AD 530, AR: 1.8, F&P: M
Hardcover 9781934359938 $16.95  
Paperback 9781607180388 $10.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628553925 $11.95  
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Spanish EBook 9781628551174 Purchase Here
Keywords:   rhyme, math, life cycles, addition, counting, animal babies, tens make friends, place value, animal classification, Basic Math Operations Series
Animals in the book:   panda, elephant, peacock, monkey, brown bear, boa, kangaroo, zebra, giraffe, penguin, fruit bats
Vetters:   Thanks to Mary Santilli, Presidential Award Recipient for Elementary Mathematics (CT 1991), for verifying the accuracy of the math information and to Ron Fricke, Deputy Director of the Toledo Zoo for verifying the accuracy of the animal information in the book.

Other books in this 5 book, "Basic Math Operations" series include:


Educational purpose takes the front seat here, but rests lightly enough on the rhymed text and animal pictures to remain more a game than a chore. - Booklist

This cheerful package of images and information delivers intellectual nourishment in the guise of a tasty treat for the eyes. It's a fun introduction to early math skills and basic animal facts. - School Library Journal

The solid math and informative backmatter make this a worthwhile addition to libraries and math programs. - Kirkus Reviews

Author/Illustrator Info:

Suzanne Slade is the award-winning author of over 80 books for children including The Great Divide, Multiply on the Fly, What's the Difference?, What's New at the Zoo?, and Animals are Sleeping for Arbordale. Her works include picture books, biographies, and many non-fiction titles about animals, sports, and nature. One of her favorite parts of the writing process is researching and learning new things. Suzanne lives near Chicago with her husband Mike, two children, and their tiny dog Corduroy. She enjoys visiting schools in-person or during her live virtual author visits. Visit Suzanne's Website

Joan Waites (What's the Difference?, and What's New at the Zoo?) has been a freelance illustrator for the past 18 years. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from DeSales University in 1982. Employment followed for 15 years as a neo-natal intensive care nurse in Philadelphia and Washington, DC, while she simultaneously returned to college to study illustration and launch her freelance career. In addition to What's the Difference? and What's New at the Zoo?, Joan has illustrated nearly 40 books for the educational and trade marketplace. She is also an adjunct faculty member of The Corcoran Museum School of Art and Design in Washington, DC, where she teaches various children's classes for the college's "Aspiring Artists" program. Visit Joan's website.


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