Review: The Zoo is Closed Today! by Evelyn Beilenson

Publisher: Peter Pauper Press

Publication Date: June 5, 2014

Recommended Grades: Pre-K-2

Sue and John walk to the Kalama Zoo, but when they arrive, they are in for a big surprise. The zoo is closed until further notice. But, why?

Evelyn Beilenson takes readers on a super cute and fun rhyming walk through the closed zoo as we learn that all of the animals are sick. After my eight year old read The Zoo is Closed Today! she declared that she really liked, “the personification of each animal.” Edward the Elephant has a cold, Freddy the Fox has sunburn, and poor Zeke the Zebra came down with the flu. As Pete the zookeeper introduces Sue and John to each animal and their illness, children learn compassion and friendship through an entertaining story. Anne Kennedy’s illustrations are bright and lively and are sure to bring joy to readers on their walk through the zoo.


Did you know that July 20th-July 26th is National Zookeeper Week? Read The Zoo is Closed Today! and then visit your local zoo to honor the zookeepers!  Here are Ten Fun Facts About Zoos and Zookeepers to share with your child!

Zoo - Fun Facts copy

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher.

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