Clair’s Adventures: That Time at the Zoo – A Book Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 03/31

Clair’s Adventures: That Time at the Zoo 


Clair’s Adventures: That Time at the Zoo
Clair’s Adventures: That Time at the Zoo book cover


That Time at the Zoo is a newly released children’s book by Marilyn Green, a Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst, mother, and well-known blogger from Ottawa. The book is about a little girl named Clair and an adventure she and her mother have at the zoo.

It begins with great excitement as Clair and her mother start their adventure, however, upon arriving at the zoo, Clair’s excitement fades.  She quickly becomes apprehensive about visiting the animals and experiencing the zoo train.  The lions, elephants, and train are all new experiences for Clair and she is fearful. The lions are “too scary!”, the elephants are “too big!” and the train ride is “too fast!”. In each scenario Clair’s mother warmly calm’s her worries by singing:

“New things are fun

Try and you’ll see

Ask anyone

And they will agree.”


Clair’s Adventures: That Time at the Zoo
A page from the book Clair’s Adventures: That Time at the Zoo


With her mother’s reassurance, Clair bravely moves forward. She faces each of her fears with her mother close by and ends up loving each experience. She learns new things can also be fun things – the central message of the book.

This book and its underlying message is a great conversation starter with young children about understanding emotions as well as the things causing them worry or fear. Additionally, Clair and her mother provide a lovely example of how with consistency, warmth, and presence, a parent and child can work together to learn the things that scare us may be the same things that can bring us joy.


Clair’s Adventures: That Time at the Zoo
A Page from the book Clair’s Adventures: That Time at the Zoo


It is interesting to note that the author’s inspiration for this book came from her own experiences as a mother. She found herself using songs and rhymes to help her own child through difficult situations. From there she decided to write Clair’s story and have it illustrated to help parents as they came across these same situations with their children.

Clair’s Adventures: That Time at the Zoo is enjoyable to read. At ages 2 and almost 4 both my children grasped its message. The pictures are big and bright and the faces of the characters are expressive, conveying clearly the feelings of Clair throughout the story. It is not only a delightful read for early and young readers, it holds the potential to be a parenting tool to help teach emotional literacy, bravery and the overcoming of obstacles in a supported way.



Are you interested in reading Clair’s Adventures: That Time at the Zoo? Open to all Canadians, we are giving away one copy to a lucky reader! You can enter by commenting below. A winner will be selected at random. 

If you would like to purchase the book you can do so at for $16.99. Enter promo code OMC1399 to receive a discount. The book can also be found at Tag Along Toys, Boomerang Kids Westboro, and My Toy Shop in Manotick.

For get more information, you can connect with them on their Facebook page or through their blog!



Clair’s Adventures: That Time at the Zoo
Clair’s Adventures: That Time at the Zoo book cover


Marilyn Green would like for one lucky Ottawa Mommy Club follower to receive the book Clair’s Adventures: That Time at the Zoo!

The ARV of this prize package is $16.99!

This giveaway is open to Canadian residents and ends at 11:59 EDT on March 31st, 2017.

Good luck!

Rules: Open to Canadian residents 18 +. You have 48 hours to reply by email once you are notified as the winner. If you don’t, we will draw another entry. Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. The selected winner must correctly answer a mathematical question in order to win the prize mentioned above. The Ottawa Mommy Club is not responsible for prize fulfillment and for the delivery/shipment of the prize(s) mentioned above. For our complete set of rules, please click here.

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Julianne Durand
Julianne Durand is a Masters educated Social Worker and a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator. She has over 10 years of experience working with children, parents, and families in community-based and governmental settings in both Nova Scotia and Ontario. Currently, Julianne operates Parenting Calm, Living Connected, a family-focused counseling service in the community of Russell. Julianne is a proud military spouse and mother of two little girls who she strives to parent in a mindful and connected way. Read more about her work at

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  1. For me it was a series of books about the Bobbsey twins that I thoroughly enjoyed reading as a youngster. Heavens, not thought of those books in donkey years. 🙂


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