Pumpkin Day at the Zoo

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Pub Date Jul 04 2023 | Archive Date Oct 31 2023

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"Refreshingly, an autumn book that isn't about Halloween." Kirkus Reviews

When farmers and pumpkin patch owners donate their pumpkins to the zoo, the animals chomp, chew, play, and give hearty hoorays for their favorite squishy squash! Grab a pumpkin and follow along as this lighthearted, lyrical zoo book for preschoolers and elementary-age kids from bestselling novelist Susan Meissner celebrates the fall season in the most entertaining way.

Here come the wagons down the streets, rumbling and tumbling with pumpkin treats! Kids will love watching the zoo animals enjoy their autumn snack in this educational, rhyming story.

With lively artwork from illustrator Pablo Pino, Pumpkin Day at the Zoo

  • is ideal for ages 4–8;
  • is recommended for classrooms and libraries focused on animal life, fall festivities, and generosity;
  • shows kids the importance of donating and repurposing excess; and
  • is the perfect gift for National Pumpkin Day, back-to-school celebrations, Halloween, or Thanksgiving.

Both humorous and educational, Pumpkin Day at the Zoo applauds all the good that comes from sharing in your community.

"Refreshingly, an autumn book that isn't about Halloween." Kirkus Reviews

When farmers and pumpkin patch owners donate their pumpkins to the zoo, the animals chomp, chew, play, and give hearty...

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Thank you to Net Galley for this copy of Pumpkin Day at the Zoo by Susan Meissner . This , magical , lyrical and colorful story tells a tale of when pumpkins are brought to the zoo for so many animals to enjoy.This book introduces the reader to many different zoo animals and how each animal enjoys his pumpkin treat.I really enjoyed sharing this book with my preschool group and my grandson.They really enjoyed how the words rhyme and how they are written in the story.They also loved the pictures.

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A delightful little read. The prose and illustrations make this book fun for adults and kids. I loved all the different animals that were included. The general tone and illustrations made this a happy and fun book. This would be a great way to get kids involved with their local zoo or to learn more about why everyone (animals AND people) benefit from eating pumpkins.

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Pumpkin Day at the Zoo is a bright and fun book! The colorful illustrations emphasize all of the animals celebrating pumpkin day. I loved that the book educated on donating your leftover pumpkins. I can’t wait to add this to my kids library and have a family activity of recycling our pumpkins!

Thank you, Netgalley and Thomas Nelson: CHILDREN'S , for the advance reading copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Such a cute book about animals at a zoo enjoying pumpkin day! It shows a wide variety of animals with tons of cute illustrations!

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My son absolutely loved Pumpkin Day at the Zoo. The illustrations in this book are beautiful, colorful, and fun. My little guy especially loved the otters and beavers. He thought they were so funny. This book is full of all the animals you can see at the zoo. This book is also educational with a section about donating your leftover pumpkins in October to your local zoo. I look forward to finding a physical copy of this book in July!

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I absolutely loved this book. It's such a fun and adorable story. The illustrations are spot on. You can tell how much fun the animals are loving and enjoying the pumpkins that were brought in for them.

The note at the end about checking with your local zoo to see if they will accept your pumpkins is great.

Definitely recommend!

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Very cute to read with my homeschool preschool aged kids. They loved the story and seeing all the different animals.

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This was a great book and an instant favorite with my 2,4 and 6 year old.
The pictures were great and so were the variety of animals in the story.
After reading it my kids asked to read it again and wanted to go learn more about the books in the book. Well done!

Thank you to Netgalley for a free digital download in exchange for an unbiased review .

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It's a special day at the zoo and the animals as so excited. It's fall and the local farmers are bringing their left over pumpkins to the zoo to share with the animals. We see all the different zoo animals enjoying their pumpkins. There are good descriptive words used to describe how the different animals enjoy their pumpkins. Lovely illustrations. Young children will really enjoy reading about the animals and their fun day at the zoo.

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I was able to read this story on Net Galley before it was published. The illustrations are absolutely wonderful and make this book even more fun to read. Getting to see the animals be silly or crazy with the pumpkins bring the words to life. My 2.5 year old daughter loved the colors and pointing out how the animals were eating the pumpkin. This is such a fun preschool age book to read with kids who love animals and going to the zoo. The kids and adults can enjoy picking out the animals they recognize while also learning the names of new ones. It is written rhyme prose which is great for little ones to help expand their vocabulary. I also enjoyed the last page of the book where they added that a lot of actual zoo's will take pumpkins.

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