Perfect Picture Book Friday! The Opposite Zoo by Il Sung Na

It’s Perfect Picture Book FRIDAY Sunday! Okay – I am super late with posting this but I had a bunch going on at the end of the week so I figure better late than never right? 🙂

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a nice book of opposites.

oppositeThe Opposite Zoo
By Il Sung Na
24 pages – ages 4+

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers March 8, 2016

Theme/Topic- Opposites / Animals

Genre- Realistic Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “The sky is DARK and the Opposite Zoo is CLOSED.

But the monkey’s door is OPEN!
Time to explore…”

Synopsis:  “Follow the monkey as he visits all the animals in the zoo: fast and slow, big and small, noisy and quiet, soft and prickly! Filled with energetic illustrations, friendly animals, and a clear, simple text—all wrapped up in a gorgeous package—The Opposite Zoo is a fun and lively introduction to animals and opposites for the youngest picture-book audience.”

What I Thought- This is a nice, simple book about a monkey going around the zoo and seeing all of the opposites there. There are minimum words (one spread only says “Tall short”), and make it an easy book for kids to try to read. Families could have a nice time reading this book together, and it really helps if you read the opposites in funny voices out-loud 🙂 . Mr. Na’s illustrations really exhibit the opposites – they have a good contrast quality to them. They are also whimsical and very pleasant to look at. Kids will like looking at them while reading the book.

Activities and Resources- After reading the book, try to find more opposites in the pictures. With the illustration on the cover the animals can be big and small or smooth and rough.

The Guru Parents blog has a great list of teaching opposite activities listed in THIS POST – CLICK HERE TO GO THERE!

Scholastic has a fun opposite dance you can do – CLICK HERE!

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

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12 replies

  1. We read this just last week! Beautiful illustrations!

  2. What a neat take on what is probably a well used theme. Love the cover illustration too. Thanks for sharing Erik. (Better late than never)

  3. Such a fun way to learn about opposites. I wonder where I’d end up – well-behaved or naughty……?

    Love and licks,

  4. Aw. I was hoping that by “opposite zoo,” animals were gawking at caged humans.

  5. Just put this on hold!

  6. I like the look of this book. Not in my library yet, but I will keep an eye out. Thanks.

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