What do you do if you work at the zoo?

Steve Jenkins, 1952-

Book - 2020

From Caldecott Honor winning team Steve Jenkins and Robin Page comes an early introduction to one of young readers favorite places: the zoo! Just a few things that a zookeeper might do at their job to keep their animals healthy, well fed, and safe would be to brush a hippo's tusks, play soccer with a rhino, or pretend to be a vulture's mother.

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Subjects
Genres
Instructional and educational works
Picture books
Published
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [2020]
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, color map ; 25 x 25 cm
Audience
Age 4-7.
K to Grade 3.
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN
9780544387591
0544387597
Main Author
Steve Jenkins, 1952- (author)
Other Authors
Robin Page, 1957- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Caldecott Honor Book collaborators Jenkins and Page describe some of the many tasks of zookeepers in this latest offering. They go beyond the obvious answer, feeding the animals, to detail some specific tasks: cuddling a joey, shining a tortoise's shell, brushing a hippo's teeth, and picking up panda poop. For each scenario, they offer a catchy verb phrase (tickle a tapir), provide a paragraph of explanation (wild tapirs scratch to remove ticks, but in captivity they enjoy having their fur raked), and include full-color artwork appropriate to the discussion. The varied illustrations, featuring this team's signature colored-paper collage, include close-ups (an elephant pedicure), spot art, and scenes that span beyond a page turn (five zookeepers stand on scales holding a python to determine its weight). The last four pages comprise a detailed appendix offering zoo pros and cons, a history of these facilities, a listing of top zoos, and further information about each cited species. Clever, engaging, and always informative, this will be welcomed by animal-lovers and fans of this duo. Preschool-Grade 3. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 3—Jenkins and Page explain the duties of a zookeeper in a simple and intriguing way. Multiple zookeepers are shown in action but are only identified by their hands (varying skin colors are shown). Each page features a different animal accompanied by an informative paragraph. Readers will learn that a wild tapir rubs its body against a tree to remove ticks and that pandas eat almost nothing but bamboo. Zookeepers are also portrayed giving milk bottles to giraffes and manatees that may have been separated from their mothers by illness or natural disaster. Textured collage illustrations bring the animals to life and create a sense of authenticity. The back matter includes a historical time line, information on the world's top zoos, the pros and cons of zoos, and solid facts and statistics about each animal mentioned in the story. VERDICT Recommended for general purchase. Young readers will learn about an underrepresented profession in this title, which also encourages a love of animals.—Kristen Todd-Wurm, Middle Country Public Library, NY Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Introduces young children to the important work of zookeepers in protecting animals under their care, depicting such lesser-known jobs as playing soccer with rhinos and trimming elephant toenails.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The husband-and-wife team behind the Caldecott Honor-winning What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? introduces young children to the important work of zookeepers in protecting animals under their care, depicting such lesser-known jobs as playing soccer with rhinos and trimming elephant toenails. 30,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

From Caldecott Honor–winning team Steve Jenkins and Robin Page comes an early introduction to one of young readers’ favorite places: the zoo! Going to the zoo is so exciting! You might see penguins swimming underwater, snakes sunning in the reptile house, or giraffes eating leaves out of high trees. You might even see people at the zoo, ones just like you! But what do those people do? Caldecott Honor–winning team Steve Jenkins and Robin Page introduce young readers to the people who keep zoo animals safe, healthy, and happy, even though they aren’t in the wild habitats they’ve evolved for. From cuddling a baby kangaroo to trimming elephant toenails to playing soccer with a rhino, zookeepers work hard and do some pretty wacky things to take care of the incredible animals we see. So, what would you do if you were in the zookeeper’s shoes? Turn the page and find out!

Review by Publisher Summary 4

From Caldecott Honor'winning team Steve Jenkins and Robin Page comes an early introduction to one of young readers' favorite places: the zoo! Going to the zoo is so exciting! You might see penguins swimming underwater, snakes sunning in the reptile house, or giraffes eating leaves out of high trees. You might even see people at the zoo, ones just like you! But what do those people do? Caldecott Honor'winning team Steve Jenkins and Robin Page introduce young readers to the people who keep zoo animals safe, healthy, and happy, even though they aren't in the wild habitats they've evolved for. From cuddling a baby kangaroo to trimming elephant toenails to playing soccer with a rhino, zookeepers work hard and do some pretty wacky things to take care of the incredible animals we see. So, what would you do if you were in the zookeeper's shoes? Turn the page and find out!

Review by Publisher Summary 5

From Caldecott Honor'winning team Steve Jenkins and Robin Page comes an early introduction to one of young readers'favorite places: the zoo!

Review by Publisher Summary 6

From Caldecott Honor–winning team Steve Jenkins and Robin Page comes an early introduction to one of young readers’ favorite places: the zoo! Going to the zoo is so exciting! You might see penguins swimming underwater, snakes sunning in the reptile house, or giraffes eating leaves out of high trees. You might even see people at the zoo, ones just like you! But what do those people do? Caldecott Honor–winning team Steve Jenkins and Robin Page introduce young readers to the people who keep zoo animals safe, healthy, and happy, even though they aren’t in the wild habitats they’ve evolved for. From cuddling a baby kangaroo to trimming elephant toenails to playing soccer with a rhino, zookeepers work hard and do some pretty wacky things to take care of the incredible animals we see. So, what would you do if you were in the zookeeper’s shoes? Turn the page and find out!

Review by Publisher Summary 7

From Caldecott Honor–winning team Steve Jenkins and Robin Page comes an early introduction to one of young readers’favorite places: the zoo!