As you can probably guess from the cover illustration, the pictures of zoo animals in this book are made up almost exclusively of heart shapes. The bold, simple design is very clever, and the text includes some great adjectives, as well.
My heart is like a zoo --
Eager as a beaver,
Steady as a yak,
Hopeful as a hungry heron fishing for a snack...
See how cute these are?
I especially love the way this book inspires creativity. After reading it for the first time, my son said, "We should make our own animals out of hearts!" He was so excited to create his own creatures using shapes once we got home, and couldn't wait to get started on a peregrine falcon picture. He told me which animals he wanted to make, and then we brainstormed together about what colors to use and what size hearts we might need. I just loved watching his creative little mind work! I include a few pictures of his creations below.
Whether you're a teacher looking for a great art-inspiring book to share with your class or a parent looking for a fun, easy story-themed craft to do with your child, My Heart Is Like a Zoo is the perfect book. We hope you love it as much as we do!
My son's favorite animal, the peregrine falcon
Poison Dart Frog (inspired by the frog in the book)
Yeti Crab, inspired by Wild Kratts (our favorite show)
* the red dots on the claws are the bacteria it collects and eats - fascinating!