New at the Zoo

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Bungalo Books, 1998 - Juvenile Fiction - 24 pages
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When a lonely, little frog arrives at the zoo, he is disappointed that all the other animals seem too busy to welcome him. As the animals rush past, he calls out, "I am new. May I play with you?" But each one tells him, "Not now. I am going to a party", and rushes past.

Disappointment, however, turns to delight when the zookeeper explains that everyone is going to a party for their newest friend. "Who is your new friend?" asks the frog. "Our new friend is you", announces the entire group who shower the newcomer with gifts, decorations and cake.

Bianchi's wonderful animal characters and his colorful party scene bring smiles to every child who has experienced the sense of being the new kid in class.

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About the author (1998)

Frank B. Edwards is the author of 27 children_s books and an educational programming consultant. Each year he visits about 50 schools across Canada, talking to teachers and students about the power of reading and writing. Frank lives in Kingston, Ontario.

John Bianchi is a self taught illustrator and author. He began working at random jobs during the day; cleaning buildings, supervising children at a playground, mixing mortar for masons and at night, he painted pictures every evening.He soon became a professional artist, painting during the week and selling pictures to tourists on the weekend. From there, Bianchi was offered a job at a film studio, painting backgrounds for animated films. He enjoyed the experience so much that he began writing his own stories, but couldn't find a publisher. Eventually he showed his stories to Frank Edwards, a friend from Harrowsmith magazine. Edwards liked them so much that he thought the two should form their own publishing company. They did, and called it Bungalo Books. Bianchi wrote his first book for the new publishing company and called it The Bungalo Boys: Last of the Tree Ranchers. In the first year, the company printed 5,000 copies and sold most of them. Since then, Bianchi and Edwards have produced more than 35 titles and sold almost 1.5 million books. Since 1999 they have produced more than a dozen new titles for Pokeweed Press. Together, they have published over 40 titles and have sold over 1.6 million books. In the last fifteen years, Bianchi has visited over 400 schools, conducting writing and illustration workshops for children. His works include Dog Eared Classics, The Bigh Fish Wish, Lab Rats, and The Toad Sleeps Over.

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