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Air Disaster Volume 1 by by Macarthur Job and Matthew Tesch
Astonishing Splashes of Colour by Clare Morrall
A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar
Big Work Machines by Patricia Relf
The Blue Day Book by Bradley Trevor Greive
Dame Edna Everage by John Lahr
A Day in the Jungle by Pat Patterson
The Dead Zone by Stephen King
Divided by a Common Language by Christopher Davies
Follow the Zookeeper by Patricia Relf
The Golden Fury by Marian Castle
Hide-and-Seek Duck by Cyndy Szekeres
Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle
How Things Grow by Nancy Buss
I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven
I Spy Mystery by Jean Marzollo
Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime by Barbara Park
The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham
Marine Aquariums by Warren E. Burgess
Melanie Mouse's Moving Day by Cyndy Szekeres
Morris and Boris at the Circus by B. Wiseman
My Very First Book of Shapes by Eric Carle
One Fine Day by James Marshall
A Parrot in the Pepper Tree by Chris Stewart
So You Want to be a Wizard by Diane Duane
Storage by Jennifer Lisle
Tiger with Wings by Barbara Esbensen
Trains by Byron Barton
Uncle Elephant by Arnold Lobel

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1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for Follow the Zookeeper

Follow the ZookeeperFollow the Zookeeper: 11/22/06

Follow the Zookeeper is similar in style to A Day in the Jungle. In this book, the monkey has been replaced with the zookeeper who is making his rounds over the course of a normal day at the zoo. Each stop the zookeeper makes gives the reader a chance to learn something new about an animal. Unfortunately the illustrations err on the side of being too cute while the text itself is rather dry. As I turned each new page I was increasingly struck with the reaction of "oh look, more cute animals doing boring things." Though the book is only 32 pages long, it was a chore to read. I will have to see what Sean's reaction to the book is. We will be reading it together over the holiday weekend.

The Big Drive:

For the first time in five or six years, we will be making the drive down to South Pasadena for Thanksgiving on the night before. My client has already headed home for the weekend so I just have to get the bags packed and moved to the car. Ian has one last errand to run. We have to have lunch and then pick up Sean from school. Our goal is to leave by 3 PM but I wouldn't be surprised if we could get away even earlier.

As with previous years we'll be taking the I5 down the center of California. With living in the East Bay now, the drive to the I5 only takes an hour, cutting our travel time from 7 hours to about 5. Hopefully most everyone will have either left already or will be leaving after work. I don't want to spent a lot of time stuck in traffic with Harriet. This trip will be the longest and farthest we have taken Harriet on yet.

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