We've been reading a book for bedtime recently called "1, 2, 3 to the Zoo" by Eric Carle. This was the book he published just before the much more famous "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". We have both of these publications, and while the latter is much more interesting to the adults in our household, the former is a hit with the two year old. Because there are animals that are sleeping and a train that goes choo choo. Actually, there are no words, so it can be a story about pretty much anything you want.
Regardless of your opinion on the book, Brooklynn knows what hippos, giraffes, lions, monkeys, and bears are. She knows that some of them sit, some of them have big teeth, and they live in a place where mommies and daddies and kids can go see them. So we went. And took some pictures[1. I'm just embedding the whole set here. Yes it uses flash, and no, it won't show up on an iPad. Sorry, Rhiannon.].
Highlights of the trip were the monkeys that jumped around, because she could watch them move and they were easy to see, and the hippo that was swimming in the "pool" and eating apples. The hippo would go under the water, move around, and come back up again, and we had a hard time tearing someone away from the exhibit because she just wanted to stay and make sure he came up again. The giraffes were tall, the elephant's nose was "funny" and the seals "talked".
We were there for about three hours total and saw most of the zoo. We skipped the reptile exhibits and some of the bird aviaries.
And of course, any animal that was sleeping was pretty awesome. Except the tiger, because it looked like it was sleeping, but really, it was awake.
"Seeping? Seeping? Nope. Nope. Wake!"
Those silly tigers.