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If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss

If I Ran the Zoo (1950)

by Dr. Seuss

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Dr. Seuss is known for his wild drawings already, but this book is filled with various, made-up creatures. We are first introduced to a young boy, Gerald McGrew, who is analyzing the lion exhibit at the zoo he is in. The book starts off with small splashes of colors but as we progress into Gerald's imagination the more the amount and intensity of the colors increase. I don't think there was a specific reason why certain elements of the drawings were colored and others were not but the color or absent of color, definitively draws the reader's eyes. ( )
  imasson | Aug 31, 2016 |
Of course one would want to discuss the racism with the children, but since no offense was meant, I wouldn't worry too much. The character has lots of imagination and little knowledge, whether he's describing fantastic animals, people, or habitats. Companion to [b:And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street|28351|And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street|Dr. Seuss|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1389840830s/28351.jpg|1579656]. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
If I ran the zoo is a creative book which follows the thought process of a little boy who dreams of running a zoo one day. This is a fantastic way to introduce a new form of narrative to students, showing them how to write make believe as though it is actually happening. Students could then create their own paragraph or story about how if they did a certain profession, getting them excited about the many things they could be. The wording in this book is phenominal with eye catching illustrations that use Seuss' brightly colored pallet. ( )
  sdoody1 | Apr 18, 2016 |
I think this is a great book for all children to read and it will teach them to use their imagination and get them to think outside of the box. If I Ran The Zoo is a story about a young boy who lets his imagination run wild and shares with the readers what the zoo what be like if he was in charge. I really enjoy the way Dr. Seuss writes. I’ve read many Dr. Seuss books and I loved every one of them. I love the choice of words he uses and the creative names and features his gives these animals in this book. The pictures go perfectly with the way the animals are described in the story. I think kids will get a good laugh at this book seeing all the different animals the little boy came up with and I think it will be good to get kids thinking and getting them to want to use their imagination. I think a good activity for students to do after reading this book is to go and draw up their own unique animal they would want to see in a zoo. ( )
  lcrosby | Jan 27, 2016 |
The book IF I RAN THE ZOO by Dr. Seuss is a book for children of all ages. This book is a book to help kids to learn to become creative. It shows kids that creativity is good and an important thing to have because it makes things more interesting. The pictures in the book also help to show creativity. The way Dr. Seuss uses words and pictures to match what he is trying to say is a way of creativity. Overall, I think this book is a good way for kids to be more creative. ( )
  nhall002 | Nov 11, 2015 |
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"It's a pretty good zoo," said young Gerald McGrew, "and the fellow who runs it seems proud of it, too." But if Gerald ran the zoo, the New Zoo, McGrew Zoo, he'd see to making a change or two: "So I'd open each cage. I'd unlock every pen, let the animals go, and start over again." And that's just what Gerald imagines, as he travels the world in this playfully illustrated Dr. Seuss classic (first published back in 1950), collecting all sorts of beasts "that you don't see every day." From the mountains of Zomba-ma-Tant to the blistering sands of the Desert of Zind, Gerald hunts down every animal imaginable ("I'll catch 'em in countries no one can spell, like the country of Motta-fa-Potta-fa-Pell"). Whether it's a scraggle-foot Mulligatawny or a wild-haired Iota (from "the far western part of south-east North Dakota"), Gerald amazes the world with his new and improved zoo: "This Zoo Keeper, New Keeper's simply astounding! He travels so far that you think he would drop! When do you suppose this young fellow will stop?"

But Gerald's weird and wonderful globe-trotting safari doesn't end a moment too soon: "young McGrew's made his mark. He's built a zoo better than Noah's whole Ark!" Some of the text and illustrations--imaginative as they are--are obviously dated, such as the following passage: "I'll hunt in the mountains of Zomba-ma-Tant/ With helpers who all wear their eyes at a slant,/ And capture a fine fluffy bird called the Bustard/ Who only eats custard with sauce made of mustard." And your children may be the first to recognize that attitudes have changed since the xenophobic '50s. But that doesn't mean this tale need be discarded; instead, it should be discussed. Ironically, Seuss was trying here--in his wild, explosive, and sometimes careless manner--to celebrate the joys of unconventionality and the bliss of liberation! (Ages 4 to 8)

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If Gerald McGrew ran the zoo, he'd let all the animals go and fill it with more unusual beasts--a ten-footed lion, an Elephant-Cat, a Mulligatawny, a Tufted Mazurka, and others.

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