Publication: 2012 from Bobbs and Company
Rating: 4 ♥ / 5 ♥ – I really liked it
Rhyming words bounce off the pages of Diane Page’s new book, Roy and Roo Take a Trip to the Zoo. She watched her grandson, Zach, and his toy kangaroo, Roo, as they darted to and fro, never walking, but scurrying wherever they went. Zach, with Roo by his side, were always exploring the world around them and questioning, constantly questioning. What would be more fitting than to explain the primary and secondary colors in a fun way to children everywhere!
With the talent of illustrator, Bruce Bigelow, strange zoo creatures emerge to tell that story in a most delightful way. Little ones are fascinated with the critters that live in the zoo, but are not in cages.
Roy and Roo Take a Trip to the Zoo by Diane Page is an adorable picture book that focuses on teaching colours to young children.
Roy and Roo are exploring a zoo where the creatures are not caged in, are quite different than any animal we’d see in a zoo (I don’t think I’ve ever seen an orange Blanozan, for instance), and talk to you! Each animal that Roy and Roo encounter in the zoo is a different colour, corresponding with the three primary colours (red, yellow, blue) and the three secondary colours (orange, green, purple). The beginning of the book has a nice little introduction to the concept of primary and secondary colours, and reiterates the information again at the end.
Roy and Roo Take a Trip to the Zoo is full of interesting imagery, rhyme and rhythm. Children will enjoy exploring the zoo with Roy and Roo and discovering the strange new creatures inside. The fact they are learning about their colours as the read is a bonus! This book would also lend itself really well to creative writing assignments and art assignments in the classroom. I can just picture primary aged students creating their own colourful creature for their classmates to learn about.
Paperback copy provided by JKSCommunications in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!