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Spot believes he deserves to be in the zoo with the other amazing animals. In this Beginner Book edited by Dr. Seuss, Spot shows two young friends all the exciting things he can do with his spots. From changing their color and juggling them to moving them onto everything around him, you won’t believe what Spot can do. Beginning readers will be delighted by Robert Lopshire’ Spot believes he deserves to be in the zoo with the other amazing animals. In this Beginner Book edited by Dr. Seuss, Spot shows two young friends all the exciting things he can do with his spots. From changing their color and juggling them to moving them onto everything around him, you won’t believe what Spot can do. Beginning readers will be delighted by Robert Lopshire’s lively tale that proves there is a special spot for everyone. Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.


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Spot believes he deserves to be in the zoo with the other amazing animals. In this Beginner Book edited by Dr. Seuss, Spot shows two young friends all the exciting things he can do with his spots. From changing their color and juggling them to moving them onto everything around him, you won’t believe what Spot can do. Beginning readers will be delighted by Robert Lopshire’ Spot believes he deserves to be in the zoo with the other amazing animals. In this Beginner Book edited by Dr. Seuss, Spot shows two young friends all the exciting things he can do with his spots. From changing their color and juggling them to moving them onto everything around him, you won’t believe what Spot can do. Beginning readers will be delighted by Robert Lopshire’s lively tale that proves there is a special spot for everyone. Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.

30 review for Put Me in the Zoo (Beginner Books

  1. 4 out of 5

    Pooja

    A leopard with colorful spots on his body is requesting to put himself in the zoo! Why don't anybody listen to him? Do you get to see these kind of leopards daily who ask you to put them in zoo? Like a boss!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amy Mawdsley

    By far my favorite Dr. Seuss book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mandy Sue

    A funny story that helps introduce your children to colors. Your child will laugh at all the things this silly animal can do with his spots. A definite hit with my little ones. When we got the book it came with a stuffed animal and my boys still fight over "Spot" the beloved main character of the story. This has a great rhythm to it as well which will have you acting it out with the kids which of course will give them even more giggles. I highly recommend this!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nena

    A Mommy Poem about "Put Me In the Zoo" This book has 65 pages. I feel like I've been reading it for ages. My 1 year old asks me to read it everyday. I have no choice but to say "Okay." Twice a day for 2 months long; I need wine to keep me strong. Adding it to my Reading Challenge now. To this, I DARE anyone to say "No way; no how." Signed, Mom of a Book Lover

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mary Lou

    I fell in love with this book as a young girl, jealous that my friend owned it. It is a fun, whimsical, rhyming book that I never tire of reading. Last night I had my grand daughter read it to me, and she loved the swinging rhythm of the words. The story it tells is of finding one's place in life, and being confident in the talents that God has given us. Sometimes it just takes time to find the best match for our abilities.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Blake

    “Put Me in the Zoo” by Robert Lopshire is a children’s book written about an animal that wants to be in a zoo.The animal really wanted to be kept in a zoo, but when he asked the zookeepers, they said no and kicked him out. At first, he was very upset and did not understand why they would not keep him. He met the young brother and sister and he started to do tricks for them. He changed the color of his spots from red to blue to orange to green and to violet. The little boy and girl loved watching “Put Me in the Zoo” by Robert Lopshire is a children’s book written about an animal that wants to be in a zoo.The animal really wanted to be kept in a zoo, but when he asked the zookeepers, they said no and kicked him out. At first, he was very upset and did not understand why they would not keep him. He met the young brother and sister and he started to do tricks for them. He changed the color of his spots from red to blue to orange to green and to violet. The little boy and girl loved watching him change his spots and they kept asking him to do more. Then, the animal changed his spots to all sorts of colors and started to put them on to different things. He put some on the walls, the children, on a cat, and on the zoo. After he counted to three, all his spots were back on his body. Then he took off his spots again and began to juggle them. The young boy told the animal that he did not belong in the zoo, but belonged in a circus. The animal was very happy to have finally found a home and he ended up liking the circus a lot better. The characters in the book are two young kids, a boy and a girl, and an animal. None of the characters have names. The kids were brother and sister. She wore a yellow dress, had a yellow bow in her hair, and had short blonde hair. The brother wore blue shorts and a blue shirt and also had short blonde hair. The animal, which looks like a mixture between a bear and a dog, was yellow with red sports. The setting of this children’s book is at the zoo when the animal gets kicked out and the road to the circus when he is showing the children what he can do with his spots. On the ending page, they arrive at the circus and the animal is performing on stage. The author’s words go hand in hand with the illustrations in the book. I would recommend this book to all little kids and encourage parents to read it to their younger son or daughter. It is a very good book to read before bedtime to encourage your kids happy dreams. I enjoyed this book and it was definitely a favorite of mine when I was little.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Curtis Edmonds

    You really want to get the board book on this, because the board book is condensed quite a bit. Frankly, the antics of the multi-spotted cougar get annoying after a while - there's just too much repetition. It's an OK kid's book, not much more than that, and the primary purpose is in identifying the colors on the cougar (if that's what it is). The board book concentrates on that, and it's much shorter and that much better. Having said that, this is a near-perfect look at what you need to do in a You really want to get the board book on this, because the board book is condensed quite a bit. Frankly, the antics of the multi-spotted cougar get annoying after a while - there's just too much repetition. It's an OK kid's book, not much more than that, and the primary purpose is in identifying the colors on the cougar (if that's what it is). The board book concentrates on that, and it's much shorter and that much better. Having said that, this is a near-perfect look at what you need to do in a job interview. The main character has a dream job, and that is to be a zoo animal. He does exactly the wrong thing - he shows up at the zoo one day, and says "I want to be in here with you." The zookeepers say that they do not want him in the zoo. "Out you go! Out! Out with you!" And if you're looking for work, you've probably heard that or something like it. A lot. What the cougar does next is what he should have done in the first place - he shows off all his skills, which involve the coloring and manipulation of his spots. But he shows them to what looks like the wrong person - a boy and a girl who happen to be there. It turns out, though that the boy is smarter than the cougar, and gives him a valuable piece of career advice. "Oh, they would put me in the zoo if they could see what I could do," says the cougar. (Maybe he's a leopard.) But they didn't see what he could do because he didn't show them. You have to do that. You have to show them, or they won't know. That's the lesson of "Put Me In The Zoo," and that's a good lesson for job-seekers.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Courtnie

    Nick liked that he could read it aloud. Matt liked the pictures and was interested when the kids wore the spots. Many of these beginner readers really have lasted the test of time (Suess, Are you my Mother?, Go Dog Go, etc), but this particular one mentions that the loveable spotty animal might be best suited for the circus. No animal is suited for the circus. And though I'm not fanatical about abolishing them (perhaps I should be), that little point certainly dampens the story for our household Nick liked that he could read it aloud. Matt liked the pictures and was interested when the kids wore the spots. Many of these beginner readers really have lasted the test of time (Suess, Are you my Mother?, Go Dog Go, etc), but this particular one mentions that the loveable spotty animal might be best suited for the circus. No animal is suited for the circus. And though I'm not fanatical about abolishing them (perhaps I should be), that little point certainly dampens the story for our household.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    Text-to- World Connection The main character in this book initially wants to be a part of the zoo, but after being rejected by the zookeeper he questions their decision. He proves his diversity by displaying his abilities such as changing the colors, shapes, size, and position of his spots. I would use this book to teach diversity and relay the message that despite our differences we all have purpose and deserve to be respected and treated equally. As a shared reading experience I would ask my s Text-to- World Connection The main character in this book initially wants to be a part of the zoo, but after being rejected by the zookeeper he questions their decision. He proves his diversity by displaying his abilities such as changing the colors, shapes, size, and position of his spots. I would use this book to teach diversity and relay the message that despite our differences we all have purpose and deserve to be respected and treated equally. As a shared reading experience I would ask my students questions about the events in the book such as how do you think the main character felt when he was kicked out of the zoo? and how would that make you feel if it happened to you? As an extension of our shared reading I would have my students rewrite the ending of the book. After rewriting the story ending we would share our stories. I really like this book because it addresses the ongoing issues with diversity that society is continuously battling. While using the main elements of poetry- rhyme, rhythm, and repetition this book presents a very important topic on a level that is easily understood by children.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I loved this book as a kid. It was one of my favorites and I just re read it since I’m giving it as a gift and I still liked it a lot compared to some of the others I re read. I liked all the color changes and movement of the spots as a kid and it made it a bit more interesting than some of the others to me now.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carly

    Cute book to use about colors.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    i read this today because it was in my basement and I was bored. 10/10 still a good book. I'm sad that it isn't written by doctor Seuss though.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Fox

    I never realized that Spot was meant to be a polka dotted leopard. I'm not entirely certain what I thought he was growing up, aside from a very talented and lovable beast. This is another one of my favorite books from my youth. I think my mom still has my copy of it somewhere, complete with some crayon scratching here and there throughout it as I tried to color it a few times. The drawings look enough like the work of a child with a crayon (in a very good way) that I figured my hand could only a I never realized that Spot was meant to be a polka dotted leopard. I'm not entirely certain what I thought he was growing up, aside from a very talented and lovable beast. This is another one of my favorite books from my youth. I think my mom still has my copy of it somewhere, complete with some crayon scratching here and there throughout it as I tried to color it a few times. The drawings look enough like the work of a child with a crayon (in a very good way) that I figured my hand could only add to the book's beauty. Did it? Not so much. This is a fun little book. I could talk about how questionable it is that the leopard is denied access to the zoo on account of "Why should we have you in the zoo? What good are you?" My conservationist heart believes that everything has intrinsic value. What good is he? He exists, and presumably there aren't very many other's like him. Shouldn't we protect him on the basis he is there? Add to the fact he's asking for it... heartless zookeepers. It's arguing children's book logic to even bring this stuff up though, and the book is delightful. The talented will find their way to where they're wanted and appreciated, and Spot does just that. He IS a talented leopard. Spots changing colors, growing, shrinking, and being juggled. What's not to love? Maybe the fact that he could become a super-villain with his crazy spot abilities. Maybe that happens in a sequel. Anyway, this is a very fun book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shelly Leyden

    Could a book be more compelling to my childhood self? Little me found every detail of this well-paced, ever-escalating plot entrancing. Let's count down the elements of delight, shall we? 5) Arresting Animals: Here, we meet an enormous, soft-furred animal who may be a bear, but who also exhibits fascinating characteristics of the big cat family. OOH! 4) Affecting Conundrum: This dear confused creature wants to go into the zoo ... why, why, sweet, silly BEARKITTY?! 3) Magic Powers: HOLD UP ... he Could a book be more compelling to my childhood self? Little me found every detail of this well-paced, ever-escalating plot entrancing. Let's count down the elements of delight, shall we? 5) Arresting Animals: Here, we meet an enormous, soft-furred animal who may be a bear, but who also exhibits fascinating characteristics of the big cat family. OOH! 4) Affecting Conundrum: This dear confused creature wants to go into the zoo ... why, why, sweet, silly BEARKITTY?! 3) Magic Powers: HOLD UP ... he can change his spots to any color of the rainbow and what do I love more than the colors of the rainbow all of which I've memorized?!? 2) Clever Twist: OMG ... I'M SEEING THAT MULTI-COLOR SPOTS ARE ALSO AN OPTION! 1) Surprise Ending: FTW ... the spots don't even have to stay on his body ... like an animal disco ball HE CAN MAKE THEM FLY AROUND AND EVEN CHANGE SIZE. Mic drop. SWOOOOON. From one end to the other, I was completely knocked out by this entire situation. These lucky kids had stumbled on the exact mode of magic creature I dreamed of finding for myself one day. This was the kind of crazy excitement I wasn't ready to rule out of the realm of actual reality just yet!! Though on some level I knew, I wished myself into the world of this book with all of my little animal-magic-and-rainbow-obsessed heart. #MapMyReadingLife

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This book is about finding your place in the world. The lion in the book really wants to be in the zoo and shows the two children what he can do. This leads to children telling him that he is better off in the circus. The lion loves this idea more and finds his place in the circus. Three ways to use this book: 1. This book can help teach the idea that you have a place in the world. The lion found the place in society in the lion. 2. This book also teaches that your first choice might not be the bes This book is about finding your place in the world. The lion in the book really wants to be in the zoo and shows the two children what he can do. This leads to children telling him that he is better off in the circus. The lion loves this idea more and finds his place in the circus. Three ways to use this book: 1. This book can help teach the idea that you have a place in the world. The lion found the place in society in the lion. 2. This book also teaches that your first choice might not be the best place for you. The lion really want to be in the zoo but the circus is the perfect fit for him 3.People around you can help you find your spot in life. They are your support system.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ciera

    Put Me in the Zoo, was and still is, handsdown, my favorite picture book. EVER. My mother read this book to me so many times, that I would know if she didn't finish the page, and I knew exactly what needed to be said, on each specific page. My mother could read it with her eyes closed, and would know exactly when to turn the page, and I would "read" it upside down, and sideways. I never realized when I was younger that this book would be considered poetry, but being older now, I do think that it Put Me in the Zoo, was and still is, handsdown, my favorite picture book. EVER. My mother read this book to me so many times, that I would know if she didn't finish the page, and I knew exactly what needed to be said, on each specific page. My mother could read it with her eyes closed, and would know exactly when to turn the page, and I would "read" it upside down, and sideways. I never realized when I was younger that this book would be considered poetry, but being older now, I do think that it is. It has a rhyming scheme that nobody would be able to doubt, and a fun story plot that any child would love :)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This afternoon I observed my daughter "reading" this book to her babies. When I asked her about why she chose this particular book, here was her answer. "My babies love to hear about how he can put his spots everywhere and how they change color. It also helps my babies learn their colors. It helped me. Remember, Mom? I used to mix up yellow and orange. It's also funny when the kids tell him he needs to be in the circus. That's funny." I couldn't have said it better myself. :)

  18. 5 out of 5

    SaraLaLa

    This book reviews color names, includes rhyme, and has cute illlustrations. There is even a problem and solution here (main character wants to go to the zoo, but he gets kicked out. I won't spoil the ending for you, but there's an alternative solution). My daughter enjoys hearing this book before bed, and I'm sure it'll be one of the books she'll be reading to herself as she gets older.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    This a fun book that is full of rhymes. It's a part of the "I Can Read" beginner books. This would be a great book to have in a preschool or early elementary classroom because its full of sight words and rhymes making it an easier read for beginner readers. This book can increase children's confidence in reading.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chrissy

    Alex got a bunch of these little board books for Christmas, so we finally have some new material to help us through our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten goal! This one is a favorite - love all the fun colors and the silly situations.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Chind

    This one is new to me, but I'm delighted to have stumbled across it. I always hear about three or four color illustration books but this is a really neat way to accomplish that. Fun as an early reader and fun for 'rhymes a little bit too. Definitely will read many times more.

  22. 5 out of 5

    King Ævil

    A boy and girl help a talented, uh, bear-thing achieve his dreams of showmanship. An inspiring story of friendship and self-actualization. One of my favorite books as an early reader. Funny, though—I don't think I ever noticed the cameo appearance in the last page until just now.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Janet C-B

    I read this children's book while sitting in a waiting room. I enjoyed the illustrations as well as the message. It held my attention and helped me relax after a hectic day. I would enjoy reading this to a child.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mackenzie Putvin

    I think this book is great. This should be a book that every home owner has in their collection.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Holli

    This creature is adorable. I'd watch his show anytime.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Belise Michel

    This book is a great tool to use to talk about colors, over, under, in, out, and on. You can also use it to build a young reader vocabulary.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Its cool how he changes colors and all, but are his only choices the zoo or the circus? That's just depressing.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    cute.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sammy Senninger

    Quote: "No. You should NOT be in the zoo. With all the things that you can do, the circus is the place for you." I enjoyed this quote because the meaning of it to me is saying that you have to keep looking before you find a place that you belong. Character: The spotted dog thing... The main character of the book. I liked this character because he just kept trying and he didn't give up until he found where he knew he belonged. Theme: You should never stop searching for the right place. Let being w Quote: "No. You should NOT be in the zoo. With all the things that you can do, the circus is the place for you." I enjoyed this quote because the meaning of it to me is saying that you have to keep looking before you find a place that you belong. Character: The spotted dog thing... The main character of the book. I liked this character because he just kept trying and he didn't give up until he found where he knew he belonged. Theme: You should never stop searching for the right place. Let being who you are change where you should go. You should always make sure that you be you and don't change who you are for other people. Let others bring you closer to the destination that you should be at. Overall Feelings: This story teaches a very important lesson about life even though it may be in the simplest of words. You can find a lot of meaning from stories if you dig deep. Sometimes all you need is some help from friends, family, or even complete strangers to help you get to your destination. Being who you are is all that matters and if others don't appreciate that then don't let them stand in your way. You are unique, and talented in your own way and you should embrace that about yourself. Always stay true to yourself.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    A fun rhyming book about a part dog/part bear animal that's yellow with red polka dots who wants to live at the zoo. He asks the security guards if he can stay, but they kick him out. A boy and girl then tell him he doesn't belong in the zoo because he doesn't "do" anything. The animal then proceeds to switch his spots from red, to blue, to orange, and then green. The children encourage him to keep changing his spots till he makes rainbow spots. He then puts his spots on all sorts of things, lik A fun rhyming book about a part dog/part bear animal that's yellow with red polka dots who wants to live at the zoo. He asks the security guards if he can stay, but they kick him out. A boy and girl then tell him he doesn't belong in the zoo because he doesn't "do" anything. The animal then proceeds to switch his spots from red, to blue, to orange, and then green. The children encourage him to keep changing his spots till he makes rainbow spots. He then puts his spots on all sorts of things, like the children, the walls, and the trees. After a fun rhyme, he takes his spots back for himself and makes them big and small. The book continues with the animal putting his spots in many places, arranging them in order, and making the multiply. He still wants to be in the zoo, but the children suggest he goes to the circus instead. This was another tolerable book, but not a favorite. The rhyming made it interesting. The simple vocabulary will make it perfect for early readers.

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