About the Book
Descr. "Come to the Zoo -- Photos and Haiku" invites young readers to visit a variety of fascinating animals that share the earth with us. Each creature is pictured in a striking color photograph and described by a three-line poem called a "haiku." Young children can learn to recognize 26 best-loved animals and birds. Older children and adults can enjoy the vivid, full-page color images and text. Families may want to try writing their own animal haiku verse together, or have an important discussion about the importance of saving our planet's wild creatures. This book in e-book format would be perfect to take on long flights or road trips with young children.
Learning activities for three different age groups (3-5; 6-7; 8-10) may be downloaded FREE of CHARGE at the book's website: www.critterpoems.com. The lesson plans were written specifically for Come to the Zoo by exemplary elementary school teacher Sharon Noteboom, teacher emeritus, San Francisco Public Schools, with contributions by author Anna Dabney, former English teacher.
I began my working life as an English teacher. For six years, I taught students in U.S. public schools and I spent three years overseas -- in Turkey, Germany and France -- as a teacher of U.S. dependents. After both our children had entered school, I made a career change, working as a professional writer/photographer/editor and manager in corporate communications for hospitals and health systems. In 1993, I started my own writing consultant business, AD Communications. After my first grandchild was born, I began writing "critter poems." I have completed six collections which I illustrated primarily with my own photos. Three "books" contain longer, rhyming poems, and three feature animal haiku. Come to the Zoo -- Photos & Haiku was my first officially published book. A year later, I published Wildlife Rhymes & Reason, a book of photos, poems and additional facts about animals that can be found in the wild. This book has a strong emphasis on wildlife conservation.