Sloth at the Zoom by Helaine Becker (56)

As some of you would have noticed, I have been enthralled in Helaine Becker books lately. She is not only a great writer, but her stories make me laught out loud.  How great is that!

Sloth is looking forward to a slow, sleepy stay at the Zzzzzoo, but a delivery mix up sends her to the Zoom instead.

She tries to make friends, but the other animals are always in a hurry!  The monkeys climb so fast they forget to stop at the treetops. The zebras run so fast that they leave their stripes in the dust.

When Sloth finally finds someone who’s more her speed, everyone stops to notice.

I just loved this book.  It is so cute. And there are so many important lessons contained in it too. Here are a few takeaways that I found:

  1.  If you are always in a hurry, you may miss experiences and friendships that you never thought possible.

2.  Going slowly isn’t always a bad thing, especially if you try and enjoy your life in the process.

3.  If you run as fast as Zebras, you will leave an important of yourself behind, and you may even have accidents that you never would have if you just slowed down.

4.  Since our culture is telling kids (and all of us) that faster is better, we should at least read the messages between the lines in this picture book. We should stop, slow down, and see what’s in front of us. Then and only then will we be able to see all that the world has to offer.

What a great book, with a great lesson!


About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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