The Last Zookeeper

 
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The Last Zookeeper
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Age Range
4+
Release Date
March 26, 2024
ISBN
9781536227680
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A master of the wordless form imagines a futuristic Noah’s Ark in a luminous sci-fi parable for our changing world.

The Earth has flooded. The only signs of humankind are the waterlogged structures they left behind. Peeking out from the deluge are the remnants of a zoo, home to rare and endangered animals, survivors of long neglect. Tender-hearted NOA is a construction robot who’s found new purpose as the caretaker of the zoo’s beleaguered inhabitants. Bracing for the next storm, NOA builds an ark from the wreckage in search of new land and a new home, only to discover something even more profound. With boundless compassion and sweeping scenes of sea and sky punctuated by detailed wordless panels to pore over, Caldecott Honor–winning creator Aaron Becker delivers a timely and concrete message about the rewards of caring in even the most difficult of times that is sure to inspire the dreamers among us.

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What would we do without humans
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5.0
The Last Zookeeper is the perfect book for young children as there are no words printed on these pages, but beautiful watercolor illustrations will help fuel a child's imagination to create a story. From the pictures, you can tell that a robot has encountered a zoo that needs a caretaker. The robot takes care of these animals and provides support when no one is left to do it. As they say, each illustration is worth a thousand words, so let your child's imagination take flight as they create a tale for you about the last zookeeper.
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A Future Without Humans
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THE LAST ZOOKEEPER is a futuristic retelling of Noah's ark where a machine finds the remnants of a human zoo. NOA creates a ship from the wreckage to carry the animals to safety where he recreates his version of a zoo. This story is told without words and each pictures says a thousand words with the attention to detail. NOA resembles AI in a post-apocalyptic world where the humans have been wiped out. It's a scary thought with a powerful message of how kindness can form anywhere. NOA cares for these animals without truly understanding what they are and wants to make sure they're protected from the next storm.


Final Verdict: THE LAST ZOOKEEPER is a great picture book for children aged four and up who like machines and animals. This story combines the two while introducing the idea of a natural disaster, like the earth flooding. Without words, it makes a great picture book for early readers who are learning concepts and morals.
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