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Let's Do the Zoo

Caregiver and child(ren) spend day together at the zoo and play a game copying animal behavior

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            Let’s Do the Zoo!                          by Donna McNaughton - 192 words

It’s a beautiful day. What shall we do?

Let’s take a trip to the City Zoo.

Hop on the bus. The ride is great.

Drop us off at the entrance gate.

What a crowd! Keep your buddy close.

I wonder which animal you’ll like most.

Let’s play a game as you walk with me.

We’ll act like the animals that we see.

Climbing and swinging all around,

“Ooh, ooh, ooh” is the monkey’s sound.

Lizards and snakes in scaly skin

Flick their forked tongues out and in.

Trunks are trumpets that elephants play.

Gentle giants, wrinkled and gray.

Hippos nap on the mucky shore

Up to their eyeballs in mud galore!

The lions lie on big, flat stones.

No need to roar – just resting their bones.

Giraffes with long necks stretched up high

Munch on leaves growing toward the sky.

Big, old tortoise, how slowly he walks.

Colorful parrot loudly squawks.

Penguins waddle to the waterfall

And dive right in, fancy suits and all.

Time to sit under shady trees.

Let’s have lunch in the summer breeze.

What a lovely day at the City Zoo.

 Lots of fun for me and you!

Describe the intended vision for your early childhood book manuscript in 1-2 sentences

Through a shared experience at the zoo, caregivers and children have fun while learning animal traits and behavior. Encourages them to duplicate sounds and movements in an interesting setting that is accessible to all.

Share your suggested book title

Let's Do the Zoo!

How has this book been informed by early childhood language development research and evidence? (response minimum 250 Characters)

Whenever adults and children interact in a fun way, children may not even realize they are learning. Zoo animals are exotic and fascinating to young and old alike. Kids love to make funny sounds and movements, and sometimes adults love an excuse to be like a kid again. Children will use their powers of observation, and even little ones can copy an adult who shows them how to make animal sounds and movements. All kinds of animals are welcome at the zoo -- even human ones!

How have you crafted this manuscript to resonate with and/or reflect the experiences of those living in urban contexts? (optional question)

Urban residents can appreciate animals that could not otherwise be found in a city setting.

Location: Country

United States of America

Location: State or Department

New York State

Location: City


Tell us more about you / your team

My hobby is writing stories for children. I heard about the Challenge through a fellow member of my writer's critique group, Long Island Children's Writers and Illustrators

Multiple Choice - Have you been previously published (online, self-published, and print included)?

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

"Learn Along With Lily" self-published under my own short-lived publishing business Raindrop Books

Do you have an agent?

  • No

How did you hear about the Challenge? (optional question)

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am/we are creatives, writers, or artists

Attachments (1)

Let's do the zoopdf.pdf

Picture book manuscript encouraging caregiver and child(ren) to imitate sounds and actions of zoo animals they see on their trip to the City Zoo


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Hi Donna, I really enjoyed reading this and I love the inclusion of so many animals - my favourite were the lizards! The rhyme is energetic and bouncy but there were a couple of places where I stumbled - has anybody read it out loud to you?

Good luck with your submission :o)

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