A Zoo Full of Rhymes


“…The verses, appropriate for young and old, feature wordplay and introduce readers to the real and imagined woes, wishes, habitats and activities of her creatures …  the book’s storytelling isn’t poetry, but rather a playful, informal rhymes that teach and entertain…. It seems right that a small charming book like this one should be purchased at a small charming independent local book shop….

The Manchester Critic, Editorial Staff, November 20, 2020


“Ninety-two-year old Manchester, Mass., resident Katharine Stanley-Brown Abbott made her grandchildren laugh with her rhymes about all kinds of creatures, and she decided to share the laughs with a wider audience of kids. ‘A Zoo Full of Rhymes’ (SDP) is a whole big bestiary of a book—a pheasant, a toucan, a dugong, a lynx; a cheetah a white hen, a quetzal, a spitz—with 38 different animals and their various whimsies and woes. Lively illustrations by Kristin Richland complement the frisky wordplay and bring the whole zoo’s worth of creatures alive. ‘Centipedes have a hundred legs. The number seems quite shocking. Do you suppose, when they get cold, they wear one hundred stockings?’ This is Abbott’s second rhyme-based children’s book…”
-Reviewed by Nina MacLaughlin, Globe Correspondent, Boston Globe, November 19, 2020



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A Zoo Full of Rhymes is a collection of whimsical rhymes about creatures, familiar and unusual. When you come to this zoo, you will find exuberant, playful animals, birds, fish, and insects. You’ll meet an agile agouti, learn where the dugong lives and discover how a dik-dik stays cool on a hot African day. You’ll find out what the paca wishes he could eat. In all, there are 38 rhymes to enjoy.

This book is for all ages. Read it to younger ones and watch older readers giggle at the shrike’s antics. You can even leave it in the guestroom for Aunt Adelaide. (She’ll thank you politely, just like the wild boar.) Best of all, visit the zoo yourself and fall under the spell of these lovable and humorous creatures.

About the Author

Katharine Stanley-Brown Abbott is an editor for newspapers, and newsletters, as well as the writer of two memoirs, three cookbooks, a commemorative book for a women’s social club, and recently, a book of rhymes about Nantucket Island, where she is a third-generation summer resident.

She considers herself a generalist. Her eclectic interests include needlepoint, knitting, cooking, travel, reading, tennis, and life-long volunteerism. She is also an accomplished collage artist whose work has been exhibited and sold in juried shows, art festivals, and open studios.

Abbott is a graduate of Vassar College, the mother of four adult children, and grandmother to five grandchildren. She is widowed and a resident of Manchester, Massachusetts. Find out more at her website: glassheadbooks.com.

About the Illustrator

 A native of Vermont, Kristin Richland is fascinated with animals and our natural world. She enjoys taking liberties mixing them up, playing with archetypes and slipping in little nods to fairytales and lore. Richland is a graduate of the Maine College of Art’s Painting program and was a professional picture framer for many years before switching to the world of bookselling. This is the second book she has illustrated, the first being a collaborative project with other illustrators titled The Crown of Secrets. Her artwork can be seen in several Vermont galleries, and at Kristinrichland.com.

Additional information

Weight3.592 oz
Dimensions9 × 6 × .14674 in
Age Range:

5 – 7 Years


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A Zoo Full of Rhymes