Amadou has waited...and waited...and WAITED for his class trip to the zoo. But when they arrive, his teacher would rather talk about rules and facts. So, Amadou eagerly explores the zoo in his own special way—by allowing his imagination to lead. As more and more classmates follow him into his irresistible world of adventure, the sepia-toned zoo fills with vibrant color. Only one question remains—will Amadou’s teacher follow, too?
At once an ode to childlike wonder and patient teachers, Amadou’s Zoo encourages the child and adult reader alike to find connections with the world around them. Based on her own observations at the Ménagerie in Paris, Rebecca Walsh has delicately captured the feel of both an old-fashioned zoo and the modern, diverse class trip taking place within it.
About the Author
Rebecca Walsh studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design and has worked in advertising, packaging and educational publishing. She illustrated The Well at The End of the World by Robert D. San Souci, How the Tiny People Grew Tall: An Original Creation Tale by Nancy Wood, and The Girl Who Wanted to Dance by Amy Ehrlich. Amadou’s Zoo is her debut book as an author-illustrator. Much of her imagery can be traced back to her childhood in the rolling hills of rural Vermont. She currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband, and their two children.