There's a zoo in room 22

 
9780439316163: There's a zoo in room 22

The kids in Miss Darling's class are very lucky--what other classroom has its own alphabet zoo?
There's always an animal adventure unfolding in Room 22, with an Anaconda for lounging, a lunch-stealing Lemur, a Moose to hang coats, a Yak that kisses, and a Zorilla with fumes (pee-ewwww!).
From the author of the bestselling Antarctic Antics: A Book of Penguin Poems comes another collection of delightfully playful poems. Every kid will want to join this class!

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Miss Darling of room 22 is a very special teacher indeed. When asked by her students if they could have "a truly awesome classroom pet," Miss Darling replied, "Yes! Or better yet,/Let's choose a whole pet alphabet." So, from Amanda Anaconda to the zorilla, an unexpected pet (the class thought a zorilla would be a kind of gorilla--"a warmhearted ape with plenty of spunk./Surprise! A zorilla is only a skunk."), room 22 becomes a veritable menagerie of some rather unusual critters. Take the electric eel, for example.

Please don't ask to feel
Our electric eel,
Because, if you bug him,
We cannot unplug him.
Or the octopus, a geometry expert that tries to fold itself into a hexaflexagon. Then there's the surfing newt, the kissing yak ("Yuck!"), and the turkey that, in Thanksgiving-shirking disguise, somehow ends up as the assistant principal.

Judy Sierra, award-winning author of such superb picture books as Counting Crocodiles and Antarctic Antics: A Book of Penguin Poems strikes gold again with this playful collection of animal alphabet verses. Her text is charmingly accompanied by Barney Saltzberg's (creator of such marvels as Mrs. Morgan's Lawn) comfy, cartoonish full-spread pictures, many of which include hints of upcoming animals. Warning: students everywhere will soon be begging their teachers for pet fleas, vultures, and jaguarundi. (Ages 6 to 10) --Emilie Coulter

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Hardcover published in 2000
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