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My Heart is Like a Zoo
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Michael Hall grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where autumn was memorable for football, floats, caramel apples, and spectacular colors. He is the creator of several acclaimed picture books for children, including Frankencrayon, Red: A Crayon's Story, My Heart Is Like a Zoo, Perfect Square, and It's an Orange Aardvark! Michael Hall now lives with his family in Minneapolis, Minnesota-another city that shimmers in the fall. Michael Hall grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where autumn was memorable for football, floats, caramel apples, and spectacular colors. He is the creator of several acclaimed picture books for children, including Frankencrayon, Red: A Crayon's Story, My Heart Is Like a Zoo, Perfect Square, and It's an Orange Aardvark! Michael Hall now lives with his family in Minneapolis, Minnesota-another city that shimmers in the fall.

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PreS-Gr 1-This playful, rhyming concept book invites young readers to explore colors, shapes, emotions, and zoo animals. The crisp, succinct text is carefully crafted to tell a little about each animal; "Cool as a penguin/crafty as a fox,/quiet as a caterpillar/wearing knitted socks." The story skillfully wraps up with a young zookeeper fast asleep, surrounded by his stuffed-animal menagerie, which creates a fun identification challenge at the end. This book is perfect for younger audiences with short attention spans. The bold illustrations were digitally created and feature primary and secondary colors. More than 300 heart shapes form all of the animals featured, providing a simple, clean collage image on each page contrasted with a bright background. Spreads show hippos drinking apple juice, a bothered bull with a hornet in its hair, and a coyote walking in the fog. Readers will not only be engaged in the search for the hearts in each illustration, but will also relate to the feelings that are introduced. This title will have a wide audience, whether in a classroom, library, or at home. An outstanding choice for one-on-one sharing.-Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

"It stole my heart." -- Robert Sabuda, New York Times bestselling author
"Starting with one simple shape, Michael Hall shows us a nearly infinite number of ways to make a menagerie of love." -- Brian Selznick, Caldecott Medalist
"Now hear this! The art in this book will astonish Earth!" -- Chris Raschka, Caldecott Medalist
"Michael Hall's My Heart Is Like a Zoo is a combination of deceptive simplicity and gorgeous graphic design. Colorful, fun, and thoroughly enjoyable." -- Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Caldecott Honor Artist, New York Times bestselling author
"The bold digital collages of zoo animals in this debut picture book are clear and bright, and the simple rhymes about feelings will have preschoolers savoring the words, joining in, and pointing at every playful zoo scene." -- ALA Booklist
"Animals, adjectives and hearts-lots of hearts-combine in this bright, appealing selection, reminiscent of the works of Lois Ehlert." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Children just learning about shapes will revel in these pages." -- Publishers Weekly
"This title will have a wide audience, whether in a classroom, library, or at home. An outstanding choice for one-on-one sharing." -- School Library Journal

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