Director Jewels: Zoo Book Collection Review + Giveaway {Keeping Cool in the Sun Hop}

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Zoo Book Collection Review + Giveaway {Keeping Cool in the Sun Hop}

Disclosure: I received copies of these books for review, but no other compensation was received and all opinions expressed are my own.


 
I don't know about you, but I'm having a hard time believing that summer is already half over. But here it is - July 16 - and before we know it, kids will be headed back to school and we'll be marching on toward Christmas (ahhhhh). So let's soak up all the sun we can - and to help you out, I'm participating in the 2nd Annual Keeping Cool in the Sun Giveaway Hop hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network. It may be hot outside, but these great Summer-themed giveaways will help keep you cool! Check out all the bloggers and their fabulously cool giveaways in the linky below and don't forget to enter to win a pair of Long Sleeve Performance Crews from Montauk Tackle Company in the Grand Prize!


One of our favorite outdoor activities is visiting the zoo! Here in Kansas City, we have a huge zoo that is honestly too big to tackle in one visit with toddlers in tow. We have an annual zoo pass and we try to visit often. Lincoln and Addie are both thrilled every time we go to visit the animals!


Did you know that National Zoo Keeper week is July 20-26? I was really excited when I was given the opportunity to celebrate zoos and zoo keepers with a fun giveaway for you!



There's just something amazing about being able to watch the look on your child's face when he sees an elephant, monkey, or zebra in real life for the first time. There are some amazing creatures in our world and I love that we have the chance to experience all the wonders of creation right here in our hometown.


Have you been to the zoo with your kids? If not, this week would be a great time to start a family tradition! Say hi to a zoo keeper if you find one and thank them for their help in the conservation and education of our animal world.


My kids were so excited when our review copies of these books showed up in the mail last week!


The Zoo is Closed Today! is written by Evelyn Beilenson and illustrated by Anne Kennedy. It is a sweet picture book that features the story of a brother and sister who are turned away from the zoo because the animals are ill! From a bunny rabbit with an earache to a fox with a sunburn to a flamingo with a sore throat, all manner of animals are in need of care from their zoo keeper friend. We read this book immediately when it arrived and both of my kids shouted "again! again!" when it was done. It's a definite hit in our house.

Scratch and Sketch: At the Zoo is a delightful spiral-bound art book that allows kids to scratch the printed white outlines with an included wooden stylus to reveal animal print, rainbow swirl or glittery foil underneath. It is aimed at ages 5 and up, so Lincoln does not quite grasp how it works yet - but both kids still enjoy looking at the animal pictures. This would make a great gift for an elementary aged child who loves animal and art!

And it just might be your lucky day - you can enter to win a set of these lovely zoo-themed books below! Make sure you stop by Peter Pauper Press on Facebook or Twitter for all the latest news and updates.

Giveaway

One Director Jewels reader will win a copy of The Zoo is Closed Today and Scratch and Sketch At the Zoo! This giveaway will end on July 30 at 11:59pm EST. This giveaway is open to US readers only.

To enter the giveaway, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter form below (you may need Javascript enabled to see the form and it may take a moment to load)! Once you complete the first entry, the other options will open up so that you can complete them as well. All of the "extra entries" are optional - you can do just one, or as many as you want! Winners will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway








Disclosure: So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Keeping Cool in the Sun participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations. I received copies of these books for review, but no other compensation was received and all opinions expressed are my own. For more information, you can read my Giveaway Policy and my Disclosure Policy.

110 comments:

  1. they turn beloved songs into lullubys! how cool is that!

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  2. they are starting a new tour... with a 7 month old :)

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  3. They made classics into lullabyes.

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  4. I visited Sarah Sample's site and learned that after she had her second child she realized most of her music making was at home singing to her children so that's why her next record was likely a lullaby album.

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  5. My favorite zoo animal is the tigers.

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  6. my daughter likes the monkeys the best. she says they are "silly looking"

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  7. I love the elephants

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  8. Love elephants! They are so cute! Have loved them since I was a kid!

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  9. I love the monkeys! They are so cute!

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  10. My favorite zoo animal is the Giraffe, more and more zoos are allowing interaction with these giants, its so wonderful for adults and children.

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  11. We love to go watch the giant anteaters!

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  12. I love seeing the giraffes and the elephants. Really, all of them.

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  13. My favorite Zoo animal would have to be the white Tiger!

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  14. My favorite zoo animal is the hippopotamus. I love them!
    annette3369@yahoo.com

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  15. My favorite animal is the sloth bear

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  16. We like watching the gorillas.

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  17. my favorite zoo animal to watch is the elephants. they are alwys walking swimming and playing and there are two babies at the zoo right now. my daughter loves the flamingos i think its because they are pink.

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  18. love the monkeys for sure. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

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  19. They are pretty much all unique and wonderful, but I do especially love the orangutans!

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  20. I love to watch the monkey play.
    clarksrfun at gmail dot com

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  21. giraffes or monkeys, can't get over them!

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  22. We always like the big cats at our zoo!

    Samantha D

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  23. I love to look at the meerkats at the zoo

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  24. I love the Giraffes at our zoo, because you can feed them.

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  25. I love the tiger at our zoo! He walks around and if you're lucky you can actually hear him roar!

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  26. My favorite zoo animals are the giraffes.

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  27. I've always been an elephant lover. They seem so majestic to me.

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  28. We love the baby elephants and red river hogs at our local zoo!

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  29. My favorite zoo animal is the elephant.

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  30. My favorite animals to watch at the zoo are the Polar Bears when they play in their pool

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  31. I like to see the elephants. Thanks for the chance.

    sweetascandy579 at yahoo dot com

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  32. I love the zebras and prairie dogs

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  33. I love the primates they always put on a show for everyone!

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  34. I love all of them. If I have to choose, I would say hippo.

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  35. My favorite zoo animal is a giraffe!

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  36. We love the otters. So playful and fun to watch.

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  37. Cindy B (on rc/fb) I love animals so I can't say I have a current favorite but elephants were always my fav when I was a kid.

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  38. I enjoy "baby anythings" at the zoo.

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  39. i like lions

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  40. I like the monkeys
    rafflecopter: happi shopr

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  41. My favorite zoo animal is the elephant :)

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  42. My littles LOVE the giraffes and monkeys. I think I like the penguins best.

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  43. I like the capabaras. They are funny big rodents!

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  44. Our zoo got a penguin exhibit, and I'd like to go see that.
    savewish@yahoo.com

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  45. I lovethe Pandas and tigers!

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  46. Love the penguins when they are there!

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  47. I like giraffes because they're so tall yet they look so gentle and calm. :)

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  48. Stephanie PalaadJuly 25, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    I love giraffes!

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  49. Birdie SkolfieldJuly 26, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    My fave is the ZEBRA

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  50. love watching the polar bears play at the zoo
    sonflower277 at gmail dot com

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  51. Polar Bears and the Dolphins are my favorite.

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  52. Penguins are my favorite, I love how sweet they are in their little family units.

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  53. My favorite is watching the halarious monkeys

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  54. These are the coolest books...my granddaughters would love them. My favorite animal at the zoo is the giraffe.

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  55. Orangutans are my favorite animals.

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  56. My favorite zoo animals are the monkeys They are always swinging and climbing.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
    Merry

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  57. My kids and I love the panda bears

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  58. always like the lions and tigers - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  59. We love the koala bears, so fun

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  60. My favorite zoo animal has always been the lion.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  61. My favorite are the cheetahs and zebras. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  62. Maybe the Giraffes!

    -Hannah Avery

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  63. We love tigers! They are so majestic!

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  64. My favorite zoo animal is a Bengal tiger.

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  65. My favorite zoo animal is the lion.

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  66. I love the Giraffes with there long necks and long tongues

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  67. I love monkeys the most. / danabeeman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  68. They made classics into lullabyes.

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  69. My favorite zoo animals are the cats--lions, tigers

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  70. My sons love Tigers and monkeys and of course anything they can touch!

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  71. Our favorites are the Giraffes and hippos! I also like the vultures! (they had them at san Diego zoo)

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  72. I love seeing the penguins. There seems to be little chance I'll ever see one in the wild anytime soon (even on a vacation), so it's fun seeing them at the zoo.

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