If I Ran the Zoo
Author Dr. Seuss
Page Designed by Deanna Cross
Gerald McGrew went to visit a
zoo. When he got there he said "it's a pretty good zoo", but if
he ran the zoo, there would be "some changes or two." Gerald
decided that the animals in the zoo were "awfully old-fashioned".
So, this book begins with Gerald imagining all the wild animals he
would catch for his zoo.
Gerald hunts for his
creatures all over the world, collecting all sorts of beasts "that you
don't see every day." He searched for his animals in the
mountains of Zomba-ma-Tant, the Desert of Zind, the far western part of
south-east North Dakota, and also Motta-fa-Potta-fa-Pell and
Hippo-no-Hungus. He sometimes even has to use machines he's
created such as the Skeegle-mobile, the Bad-Animal-Catching-Machine and
The animal's have names that
are as outstanding as the places they come from. Some include the
gol-darndest lion with two feet; the topknot hens, an Elephant-Cat, a
Gusset, a Gherkin a Gasket, a Tufted Mazurka, a Nerkle, a Nerd, a
Bippo-no-Bungus (from Hippo-no Hungus of course), and a Seersucker
too. By the end of the book, Gerald imagines the crowd at his zoo
cheering and saying "Wow! What this zoo must be worth! It's
the gol-darndest zoo on the face of the earth!" And that's what
Gerald McGrew would do if he ran the zoo.
Critical Thinking Questions
If you ran a zoo, what would you do?
2. If you created a new animal, what features would your creature
have and why?