If I Ran the Zoo


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Random House 1950

"But if I ran the zoo,

Said young Gerald McGrew,

I’d make a few changes.

That’s just what I’d do… "

Young Gerald McGrew is letting his imagination run wild as he thinks of all the exotic and oddball animals he would gather from the far corners and pockets of the world to add to his zoo.

64 pages          978-0-385-37905-2    Ages 5-9


"Animals abound in Dr. Seuss’s Caldecott Honor–winning picture book If I Ran the Zoo. Gerald McGrew imagines the myriad of animals he’d have in his very own zoo, and the adventures he’ll have to go on in order to gather them all. Featuring everything from a lion with ten feet to a Fizza-ma-Wizza-ma-Dill, this is a classic Seussian crowd-pleaser. In fact, one of Gerald’s creatures has even become a part of the language: the Nerd!"--from the publisher

Editor's Note: This classic picture book by Dr. Seuss published in 1950 has been criticized for racist descriptions such as "helpers who all wear their eyes at a slant" and illustrations that include disrespectful depictions of Africans and Middle Eastern peoples.

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