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Feb 07 2020

Aussie Kids: Meet Zoe and Zac at the Zoo by Belinda Murrell

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Illus. by David Hardy. Penguin Random House Australia, 2020. ISBN: 9781760893651.
(Age: 6 - 8yrs) Recommended. Zoe and Zac are almost twins - born on the same day, at the same hospital and live next door to each other at the Zoo in Dubbo, Australia. They have just turned seven and are finally allowed to help feed and look after the animals. During their journey around the zoo they feed the lions, giraffes, meerkats and scoop up elephant poo! It was hot and dusty work. On their final journey home they find a missing lioness with a double surprise.
Meet Zoe and Zac at the Zoo is one of the first in a series of eight books about Aussie Kids from each state in Australia. Interwoven throughout the text are simple factual details and at the end Fun Facts pages about the animals mentioned in the story. There is also a short biography about the author and illustrator.
Belinda Murrell has written an entertaining story that will appeal to young junior primary readers who are ready for chapter books to work on their rapidly developing reading skills.
The large print complements the thoughtful illustrations by David Hardy which provide clear visual images for the reader. Themes: Australia, Zoo, Animals, Friends.
Kathryn Beilby

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