What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Audubon Zoo

Ever wonder why zoo animals are so darn lazy? A wily father explains to his precocious daughter that the animals at the Audubon Zoo had parties all night.
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Ryan Murphy
Writing
New Orleans, Louisiana
United States
4 Team Members

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The Story

Have you ever taken a child to the zoo and had to explain why the animals were not as active as they expected? That's what happened to Renee's father when he took his daughter to New Orleans' Audubon Zoo.

"The lions were lazy.
The snakes just snored.
The dolphins were drowsy.
The boars were... a bore."

To satisfy her curiosity about what makes the animals so sleepy, Renee's father makes up an elaborate story about all the music and festivities that keep the animals up all night. He tells her all about how...

"The hippos hip hop.
The flamingos flamenco.
The rhinos rock out.
The tarantulas tango."

In the end, Renee calls her dad's bluff... or could he be right?

The Project

Four friends game together to create a children's book that captures what they love about their city.

The story and the illustrations show the laid-back, fun-loving spirit of New Orleans, and the project exemplifies the creative, collaborative energy that is at the heart of the rebirth of New Orleans.

Reasons to Donate

  • The book has been awarded "Best New Orleans Children's Book" by NOLA.com.
  • A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Audubon Zoo to help build a new elephant sanctuary.
  • Supporting creative and entrepreneurial projects in New Orleans makes our city a better place to live.
  • Through rhyme and alliteration, the book builds phonemic awareness in children. Phonemic awareness, a pre-reading skill, is understanding that words are made up of discrete sounds.
  • Through repetition of concepts using several different words, the book builds vocabulary.

 

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This campaign ended on January 31, 2013
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  • $5USD
    The Hummingbird Level

    You will receive a desktop wallpaper image from the book and a thank-you shout out on our website.

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    The Platypus Level

    You will receive everything from the lower donation levels and digital copy of the book as a .pdf file.

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    The Lynx Level

    You will receive everything from the lower donation levels and a signed, hardcover, first-edition print of the book.

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    The Impala Level

    You will receive everything from the lower donation levels and your choice of a t-shirt (or) poster with an image from the book.

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    The Yak Level

    You will receive everything from the Lynx level and a limited-edition screenprint poster and a t-shirt.

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  • $250USD
    The Giraffe Level

    You will receive everything from the Yak level and a handmade plush doll of one of the zoo animals.

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    The Hungry Hippo Level

    You will receive everything from the Giraffe level and your choice of a metal lunchbox with an image from the book (or) lunch with the creators of the book.

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    The Elephant Level

    You will receive everything from the Yak level and a piece of personalized color artwork by the illustrator and 5 additional books.

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    You will receive everything from the Elephant level and the creators of the book will come for one day to your school or organization and host readings, games, and activities.

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