With Come to the Zoo – Photos & Haiku, young children can:

- Learn to identify wild creatures by name

- Prepare for a family excursion to a zoo or wildlife park

- Develop a love of the world of nature

- Enjoy reading as a family activity




Come to the Zoo

Children will be transported by the book’s dramatic animal photos. Come to the Zoo is an excellent 

introduction for small children to animals and birds that might be found in a zoo.

Readers of all ages can find pleasure in the descriptive haiku verse and stunning color portraits. After
learning about haiku, families may want to try writing their own animal haiku poems together. The book includes the simple formula for this popular Japanese style of poetry. 

Older children can: 


- Learn to like poetry and to write animal haiku poems 


- Improve their vocabulary


- Discover characteristics and habitats of animals


- Learn about wildlife conservation


- Develop a budding interest in biology

Come to the Zoo - Photos & Haiku by Anna H. Dabney


Turn reading into an adventure around the globe. Travel to the natural habitats of twenty-six fascinating creatures – to the game preserves of Africa, the forest and grasslands of Southeast Asia, mountain ranges of China or steamy jungles of Southeast Asia.

In Come to the Zoo – Photos & Haiku, large beasts such as the hippo, the rhino, the lion and the leopard are pictured in vivid, full-page color portraits that almost leap off the page. Smaller “critters” such as the monkey, fruit bat, meerkat or warthog offer a charm of their own. 


Meet these enchanting creatures from
the wild, each described by a three-line haiku poem in Anna Dabney’s first published book in a series called “The Nature of Things.”

Penny Henny Publishing


32 pages; in hardcover, softcover and eBook formats

8x10 Portrait
Ages 2+

Reader Comments:


“Unique ... fresh ... charming ...informative ... Anna  Dabney’s beautiful collection of stunning photographs and poetry, Come to the Zoo, is sure
to delight readers of every age as they make the acquaintance of these creatures from the wild.”
-- Julie Adams Church, former teacher and author of Uncommon Friends: Celebrating the Human-Animal Bond

 “Anna's delightful book is educational, entertaining, and creative. My five-year-old grandson is captivated by the images. After we read, he
makes an animal parade with his toys! The gorgeous photos alone are worth the book’s price!”
--  Jean Gregory, retired preschool and elementary school teacher, writer and performing storyteller


“Anna Dabney’s witty poems are paired with remarkable photographs in Come to the Zoo. Her three-line haiku skillfully capture the essence of each creature. Entertaining and informative …a treat for all ages.”  

-- Jan Stites, creative writing teacher and author of two novels: Edgewise and Reading the Sweet Oak


Come to the Zoo is a delightful, very colorful, very absorbing palette of haiku composed by the author, Anna Dabney, to honor the proudest of the wild animal realm, with poignant photography, most of which she took. A gem!”
-- Nat Read, principal, Read Communications; author of Don Benito Wilson: From Mountain Man to Mayor, Los Angeles 1841-1878

“Anna’s book is a must-have for children’s bookshelves. Come to the Zoo is a beautiful book that should stimulate some long overdue conversations with our children about saving our earth and wild creatures…a fine work of art.”
-- Debbie Andrews, poet and photographer

 “I just saw your fabulous book in the Blurb Bookstore and I am ordering one. My 5th grade class begins their first language lesson with a unit on
fiction and poetry. I will definitely use your Haiku Animal Book in my teaching.”
-- Susan B. Long, fifth grade teacher

Preview the first 15 pages of the 32-page book