Generally when we think of a zoo, we picture animals in large enclosures that can be viewed by paying a certain fee. We conjure up images of elephants, tigers and lions all of whom are supposedly forced to stay within a particular cage with others of their kind. However, did you ever imagine that your house, the very room you sleep in or watch T.V. in or dine in could also be a zoo? This idea is what has been built upon by authors, Katie Bagli and Medha S. Rajyadhyaksha in their book ‘The Zoo Around You’. Through a plethora of cheery poems they have attempted to give readers a sneak peek into the minds of young readers and their perception of the world around them.
Young children generally have a lot of scope for imagination and most often it is poetry that fulfills their curiosity and gives them a medium for creativity. This book attempts to enthral both kids and adults by opening up a new avenue to how we view insects, birds and animals around us. The concept of a zoo around you is quite novel and additional illustrations and the Zentagle art forms only add to the beauty of the book.
It comprises of poems as well as additional information about the zoos around us. For instance there are poems which talk about the zoo in the room, kitchen, classroom, garden, windowsill and the zoo itself. Each poem has been penned down with children and their highly impressionable minds at the centre. The poetic flavour of fun in the book combined together with the highly interesting content makes for a great read and imparts knowledge to students. It also helps readers to increase their awareness in terms of the environment around them and aid them in becoming more conscious and sensitive towards the creatures in their vicinity. This is a book which can become quite an indispensable part of a school library as well as a library at home.
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