My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
Enter the zoo where each animal has a different emotion. The beaver is eager, the rabbit is frightened, the clam is cozy. There are animals here that children will recognize immediately and others that may be new to them. Nicely, the same is true of the emotions. Children will immediately understand angry, happy, and silly. However, they may need help with bothered, rugged and chatty. This is a book where emotions, art and vocabulary create a real chance to learn. At the same time, it is friendly, bright and simple.
Hall’s art is large, colorful and great fun. In this book, his animals are all built from hearts as you can see from the cover image. Some like the frog are a simple heart with legs while others are quite complex constructs like the walrus. The simplicity and graphical nature of Hall’s work really function well here. The book can be read as simply animals. Plus, it can be used to discuss emotions, and it would be a great platform for acting out emotions. It can also be used to talk about similes.
Ideal for Valentines Day, this book is simple enough for toddlers to enjoy but complex enough to share with older children too. The large images are perfect for classroom or group use. Appropriate for ages 2-5.
Reviewed from library copy.
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