Friday, January 13, 2023

Review: Reina Explores the Zoo by Sheila C Duperrier

Genre: Children's 4-8
Published: October 17, 2022
Pages: 34

A fun interactive picture book for children to learn about zoo animals. Come enjoy, learn and explore with along with Reina and her friends.
Reina is a smart and sensitive young girl who loves nature. Join her in her adventure in the local zoo and explore the wonderful and marvelous creatures around us.

Reina Explores the Zoo - Let's marvel at the beautiful creation. Fun learning about the wonderful and beautiful animal world around us. From bear to zebra, passing by koala and king lion. And some birds as well. Creatures of all types and sizes. Fun learning for kids 2 years of age and older. Get the accompanying coloring book "Reina Explores the Zoo - Coloring book" for more fun. Visit for more.

  • rhyming children’s book to learn and explore the zoo animals
  • Fun learning for children: explore farm and wild animals, and lots more
  • Engaging questions throughout the book to stir curiosities
  • Filled with colorful illustrations to both entertain and educate
  • For children of all backgrounds - Reading to your child
  • Also available in FrenchHaitian Creole, and Spanish
  • Search the accompanying coloring book for more fun: Reina Explores the Zoo - Coloring Book

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

This is a mostly rhyming story about a trip to the zoo. I say mostly because there were a couple lines that had no pair and couple lines with a word choice that didn't quite rhyme. But the flow was fairly smooth, so those few rhyming issues weren't too jarring. 

I liked how the story itself named so many different animals, although from my experience visiting zoos, except for the reptiles, bugs, and amphibians, you don't typically find animals penned together or even near each other like this. Typically mammals aren't all in one section, but rather separated based on where they're found in the world, with the birds penned in a similar way. The discrepancy doesn't really affect the story, but it bugged me. 

The pictures were colorful, but I was a little bothered by the anime eyes on the animals for some reason. They just seemed out of place to me. I would be okay reading this book a few times, but not too terribly many. 

Overall I give it 3.7 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

Sheila is a former kindergarten teacher who taught children at the Institution Nouvelle Source, one of the premier schools in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She is a wife and also a mother to a four-year-old. As an educator and mother, Sheila is well aware of the dangers of social media on young minds today. To that end, she has created a series of books, Sheila's Books, to engage children from a young age. Teaching, entertaining, and instilling good values is her mission. Currently residing in the United States, Sheila plans to publish her books in English, Haitian Creole, French and Spanish.

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