Put Me In the Zoo (Bright & Early Board Books(TM)) (英語) ボードブック – 2001/11/27
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They say a leopard can’t change his spots–but Spot sure can! Babies and toddlers will love pointing out the colors of his changing spots in this delightful, rhyming adaptation of Robert Lopshire’s classic Bright and Early Book.
Robert Lopshire wrote and illustrated the Beginner Books Put Me in the Zoo, I Want to Be Somebody New!, and New Tracks I Can Do! He died in 2002.
I remember loving this book as a child! So of course I needed to read it again as soon as it arrived.
The colors and drawings are fairly basic - the book was written in the '60's and it shows in the illustrations. Some parts are bright solid colors while others look like colored pencil over textures to achieve a pebbled look. The lead character - never given a name or animal type - is on a mission to find a useful job for his talents, which he feels is at the zoo. When the zoo disagrees and kicks him out, he shows off his skills to his two friends, a boy and a girl who help guide him to a better place. (This isn't a euphemism for him dying, I mean a more fitting career choice.)
This book is fun for kids because it shows colors, counting, in, out, sizes, socks (I love the socks, no clue why) and being able to communicate with friends. It shows that it's ok to change what you want to do or be when you grow up, and perhaps what you think you want isn't what's right for you.