You See a Zoo, I See… by author Michael Downs and illustrator Maureen O’Brien

Reading Age: 3 – 7 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 2

Publisher: Charlesbridge

Publication Date: March 8, 2022

The storyteller is a youngster who follows patrons around the zoo stating what they see however the child explains the true reasons behind the animals’ behaviors. For example, patrons see silly chimpanzees running around but the storyteller observes chimpanzees learning to escape predators, building nests and removing fleas. In addition to chimpanzees, other animals discussed in this rhyming picture book include: elephants, crocodiles, bats and ostriches. Guess how this young person knows so much about animals? Illustrations show animals in action. A wonderful read anytime.

Who Eats Orange? By author Dianne White and illustrator Robin Page

Reading Age: Baby – 8 years

Publisher: Beach Lane Books

Publication Date: August 14, 2018

In this rhyming picture book children learn about animals and the colors of foods they eat. 23 animals are pictured with a brief mention of their food and habitat. Most of the animals are familiar however My Book Eyes enjoyed seeing animals rarely mentioned in children’s books such as Grunt, Waxwing, Finch, Marmot, and Quetzal. The following colors are seen: orange, green, red, yellow, purple and blue. Illustrations of realistic collage on white background make the details stand out. In the back of the book is more in-depth information about the animals and their lifestyles.