I know that the day will come when the girl will want to go. I'm hoping there is a school field trip that exists for this exact reason. If I take the girl, she will not have fun. I can't even feign enthusiasm. The zoo makes me want to cry - cramped animals looking pitifully out of their cages. I know many people love the zoo and I have not yet figured out what makes them enjoy the experience so much.
But, when the girl does ask to go to the zoo, I'm hoping that we can have a discussion about the pros and cons of keeping animals in cages. I think some of these books might help facilitate a discussion without going overboard. Okay, maybe a little overboard.
Mrs. Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter
I Know a Bear by Mariana Ruiz Johnson
Faithful Elephants by Yukio Tsuchiya
Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann