Zoo song

by Bottner, Barbara.

Format: Print Book 1987
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Picture Books j Ea BOTTNER
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Picture Books
Call Number  j Ea BOTTNER
Shaler North Hills Library Juvenile Picture Book j PICT BK BOT
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Picture Book
Call Number  j PICT BK BOT
Three zoo animals learn there is more satisfaction in making music together than in performing separately.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 3-6. Gertrude the hippo, Herman the lion, and Fabio the bear are neighbors in adjoining cages at the zoo. Gertrude pursues with passionate zeal her avocation to sing; however, she has a terrible voice. Distressed at the noise, Herman throws an orange at Gertrude, which winds up hitting Fabio who then heaves a pail at Herman. A passerby gives the crying Herman a violin, which rasps, warbles, and screeches but which the lion thinks is glorious. A little girl sees the left-out Fabio sulking and presents him with ``rat-tat-tat-tat'' tap shoes. The resulting cacophony as the trio practices through the night leaves the zoo inhabitants bleary-eyed by morning. Then something mysterious happens as Herman finds a lovely melody on his violin, Gertrude sings the harmony, Fabio dances the rhythm, and ``they were all playing together.'' Munsinger's animated and expressive color-pencil drawings carry far more creative weight than the simplistic plot line about cooperation. Bottner provides no clue as to why or how the harmony came about, but the story can be used to spark discussion about getting along. PW. Zoo animals Fiction [CIP] 86-29768"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Gertrude the hippo, Herman the lion and Fabio the bear are producing conflicting noises and all manner of disruption in the zoo. Good neighbors they're not: Gertrude's singing is not music to Herman's earshe cries, bangs against the door, throws things at her for distraction, but on she goes, hitting those high notes. Fabio, though quiet, sulks in his cell and is forced to participate in the conflict. Things change when Herman fights back with a violin and Fabio with dancing shoes; all at once the trio find themselves in harmony. Although a replay of an old song, Bottner's moral tale is light, and readers will harken to it. And Munsinger is well in tune with the text, with her sketched-in-crayon animals who give their colorful performances and rid themselves of unanimal-like symptoms of very human afflictions. Ages 5-8. (August) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Zoo animals -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Scholastic,1987
Contributors Munsinger, Lynn.
Language English
Description 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
ISBN 0590410059
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