Christmas at the Zoo



Christmas at the Zoo **** 

 by George White, Bruce Foster, and Jason O’Malley



I’m joining Jain at Food for Thought, a delicious blog for readers with an appetite for the written word~


During the month of December you are invited to share a holiday book, in whatever manner you chose. . .using your decorations, collectibles or food from the kitchen.




Based on “The Night before Christmas”, this Pop-Up Winter Wonderland depicts eight different animals species preparing for Christmas at the zoo, complete with animal-themed decorations. While compact in size, it is elephantine in its appeal~ sure to engage young readers with its vivid, bold colors and impressive cut-outs.



Preparing for a visit from Santa, the animals are busy decorating, making cookies, and hanging stockings. The fanciful animal habitats combined with festive pop-ups, make for a delightful Christmas visit to the zoo.



We visited a drive through animal park and zoo of sorts, Lazy 5 Ranch this fall. I thought I would include some of the photos I took of some of the 750 animals, both domestic & exotic, that can be found there, on the gently sloping pasturelands and in the exhibits.


Since this week’s letter assignment is L in Mrs. Matlock’s class, I’m sharing this for Alphabe-Thursday and for Outdoor Wednesday at  A Southern Daydreamer.






 You can drive your car at the Lazy 5 Ranch, winding along the 3 1/2 mile trail, or even better, you make a reservation for a ride on one of their horse-drawn open-air wagons.





































 I found zoo shaped dried pasta at World Market for Food for Thought. . .






Pasta Salad with sundried tomatoes, feta cheese, olives & artichoke hearts~










The animals at Lazy 5 Ranch are having a Christmas celebration this weekend that you & your family are invited to attend~ with a Live Nativity Scene, Santa, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, Caroling, Hot Chocolate & Cookies.



Thanks for your visit & thanks to my hostesses:


  25 comments for “Christmas at the Zoo

  1. December 14, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Cute post! I have an extensive collection of pop-up books, but I haven’t seen this one. It looks adorable! That pasta salad looks tasty too!

  2. December 14, 2010 at 11:45 am

    instant smiles to start my day~books and animals, all i need to do is bathe in chocolate and my life is complete :)

    oh your shots are fantastic… those knobby giraffe heads~ i could look at lemurs all day. best zebra shots i have ever seen…

    and matching pasta!

    i keep scrolling back up and down, i love all your photos, such a happy day for you, and me, since you share!

  3. December 14, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Wonderful post Mary. The photos are fabulous. The book looks like one by g’kiddo’s would enjoy.

  4. Tracy
    December 14, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    How fun was that visit! Saw you at Outdoor Wednesday.

  5. December 15, 2010 at 4:22 am

    I REALLY love this post! It reminds me very much of our trip to South Dakota last year!! I especially love the Zebra pictures!!! And that pasta looks fabulous too!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  6. December 15, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Fun, fun, fun!!! I love to go to zoos myself. They’re so interesting and you never see the same ol’ stuff…it’s always different no matter how often you go. And that book? Awesome!!

    My Wednesday Link Do take time to stop by if you can. I also have a Christmas Day Gift Giveaway for you if you’d like to click on the very top button [Santa button] on my blog that’ll direct you to another page, to view my gift,…sign up for your chance to win!!

  7. December 15, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I enjoyed every frame of your post. The photos are wonderful. I think we all did/do enjoy pop-up books. I know my grandsons do. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  8. December 15, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    What a wonderful time you all must have had. That’s what memories are made of. Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

  9. December 15, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    This post was such a treat for me!! Love the zoo pictures and that you included the book pictures too!

  10. December 15, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Your collages are wonderful. The shots of the animals looking right at the camera are my favorites. The book looks like a great one to have in a Christmas collection.

  11. December 15, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    What a sweet post, the photos are wonderful…

  12. jo
    December 15, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    i just love your zebra shots … they are wonderful!!!

  13. December 15, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Looks like you had a lot of fun! The Lazy Ranch sounds like it’s a fun place to go :) I absolutely love the animal shaped pasta! Goes perfectly with your post!

  14. December 15, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Love your pictures of the animals. Isn’t nature amazing, and wondrous to behold? So glad you shared your talent, and that I stopped by!

  15. December 15, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    What a wonderful L post!

    I loved the pop-up books and the animal pictures are amazing. I am going to show my Grands this link on Friday when they are off school for the holidays.

    A totally fun stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday.

    Thank you for linking.


  16. December 15, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I love zoos! I love pop-up books! I love your post!!

  17. December 15, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    I just love those animal pictures! This is a great post, and you’ve made me want to go on vacation to visit this lovely ranch!

  18. December 16, 2010 at 11:09 am

    I love the animals and the book is a great idea. can’t wait to take the girls to the zoo but will wait for the spring for some good weather :)

  19. December 16, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    What a great post! Loved it…you got some great shots of the animals faces!

  20. December 16, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    What a neat place to visit! We have to drive over to Tampa , Fl to see anything like that. Great “L” post! Merry Christmas!~Ames

  21. December 16, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    What a fun book! Also, a darling post…with wonderful animal photos and more.


  22. Alison
    December 17, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Love that pop-up book and all of those animals! I wish I could take my kids through there, they would love it. Thanks for sharing this awesome “L” post.

  23. December 18, 2010 at 6:24 am

    Love those animals – beautifully photographed!

  24. December 18, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    My GRANDS would love this book! Your photos are divine & it looks like you had a marvelous time! LOVE the pasta!!!! Perfect! Have a wonderful Christmas. Charlene

  25. December 18, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Mary, I ordered a copy of this book as soon as I read this post. Love pop up books and I recently just added some zoo animal ornaments to our tree. Love the pasta!
    Happy Holidays, my friend! ~ Sarah

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