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A Night at the Zoo
An I Like to Read® Book Level E
by Kathy Caple
Kathy Caple, Illustrator

Reinforced | 24 pages | 9 1/4 x 9 | US$ 14.95
ISBN: 9780823430444 | 07-01-2014

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Animals/Fiction, Easy Readers
Recommendations: K, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
L. 1.1-2, 4, 4a, 5, 5a-c, 6
W. 1.3, 5, 8
RF. 1.1, 1a, 2-4, 4a-c
SL. 1.1, 1a-c, 2, 4-6
RL. 1.1, 3-7, 9

About the Book

A busy day at the zoo leaves Pop and Sam tuckered out on a bench. As they nap through closing time, the animals come out to play. When Pop's cell phone captures Monkey's interest, he snaps a few pictures with it before dropping it on Giraffe's head. So begins a hilarious chain of events that gets the whole zoo howling, awakens Pop and Sam, and alerts a guard. As Pop and Sam are escorted out, they watch in wonder as Parrot drops the phone into Sam's hands. But the real surprise comes when the phone's photos reveal the monkey business that was afoot while they slept!


"One boy, one dad, one cellphone and one ill-timed nap add up to one crazy trip to the zoo. . . . Young animal lovers will find much to laugh at here."—Kirkus Reviews

"The text is easy enough for emerging readers to tackle on their own, and the sound effects that the bold type invites will have even the youngest child joining in to ring, bop, snap, and yip."—School Library Journal

About the Series

I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers.—School Library Journal

"This series dares to make entertaining reads from short texts and familiar vocabulary—Kirkus Reviews

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews

Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Kathy Caple uses many "sound words—called onomatopoeia—in A Night at the Zoo. Find as many examples as you can from the story. Create a class list. RL.K-1.4 / L.K-1.5

2. What happened in the beginning, middle and end of the story? RL.K-1.1, 2, 3

3. What do the illustrations tell you about the zoo at night that the words do not? RL.K-1.7

4. What is the surprise ending? Why was it a surprise? RL.K-1.1 / W.K-1.3

Readers' Guide
A NIGHT AT THE ZOO: An I Like to Read® Book, Level E
Lesson plan featuring before, during, and after activities aligned to Instructional Standards.