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Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite
The Haiku Zoo: The Haiku Zoo Book 1: Lion by Mark Watson was a fun little read. This book is the first in the Haiku Zoo series and focuses on a lion. The story is written as a Haiku, which is a Japanese poem. I chose to read The Haiku Zoo: The Haiku Zoo Book 1: Lion with my 6-year-old daughter because she loves animals. Her impression of the book was that she liked it. She loved the illustrations and loved looking at all the funny stuff the lion was doing in the pictures. Her favorite picture was when the lion drew the smiley face with toothpaste. She did not understand the Haiku side of it, but she was able to read the story with ease. Her one wish is that there be a flamingo book in this series!
My opinion is that I like how Watson is trying to educate children on poetry. I did not know what a Haiku was myself before reading this book. I also enjoyed the illustrations, they were very clever. In the back of the book Watson includes some helpful ideas for teachers to use in the classroom. Although Watson explained how to write a Haiku, I think I would still need help to attempt one! I think that this would be an excellent book for teachers to use. I liked that Watson explained how to create a Haiku. I do hope that this series continues. My daughter is looking forward to seeing what other animals will be written about.