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A Most Amazing Zoo

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The Queen visits the Zedgate Zoo and meets all the amazing animals there.  Each animal greets the monarch and tells her and the reader some interesting facts.

This is as highly illustrated as a picture book for a younger child would be.  The text is quite dense and is on the left hand page each time. The pictures illustrate and enhance the story. This would therefore also be appropriate for an adult to read to a child.

The pictures also include faces  with conventional comic stylised expressions, so that child is leaning  a secondary type of reading.

It is 42 pages long. 50% of Royalties are being donated to Search Dogs Buckinghamshire .   


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