New at the Zoo PDF


When a frog goes looking for new friends at the zoo, he gets two surprises.


New at the Zoo

Written by Frank B. Edwards
Illustrated by John Bianchi

A young frog hops out of the zoo pond and goes off to make some new friends but all the animals are too busy to spend time with him. It is not the sort of reception he had been expecting.

“I am new. May I play with you?.”

“Not now. We are going to a party.”

The little frog is feeling very lonely until the kind zookeeper lets him in on a little secret.

This ebook is in PDF format so that teachers and parents can easily use smart phones, computers and projectors to engage young readers.

The $1 price ensures it is easily affordable and that illicit sharing is unnecessary. (After all, the author and illustrator need to buy groceries too.) Please direct other teachers and parents to  Pokeweed’s online store to buy their own copies. Thank you.

The books in this New Reader series are designed to encourage children to take their first tentative steps toward reading.

The series has proven to be very popular with teachers and parents as well as young children who enjoy the experience of learning to read. The books use classic literacy strategies to encourage new readers to learn language skills:

  • Repetition
  • Rhyme
  • Predictability
  • Simple illustration to provide context and clues
  • Simple language
  • Number patterns

Children quickly learn the word and number patterns so they can predict the number of characters who will appear on the following page and the words that develop the simple plots. Bright, colourful illustrations work wonderfully for  literacy instructors and parent who use a “story-talk” approach to engage children with the book.

(What is “story-talk?” Follow this link to watch a video of the author reading AND talking to a child about one of his New Reader books.)

The eBook also includes an illustrated introduction to the author and illustrator, as well as useful links to kids literacy tools.

The New at the Zoo print version is out of print. This eBook is currently the only available edition.

34 pages. Fully illustrated.
ebook PDF — 9 mg file size
Reading level: Grade one (D)
Interest level by age: preschool to 1

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