It’s an advertisement for the Berlin Zoo. It’s an animal hybrid. It’s a sculpture. It’s art. All of the above?
I don’t think it really matters.
What does matter is that it caught Elisabeth’s eye from 10 feet away and drew her as if she were at the end of a fishing line. She reached out to touch its smooth, hard surface (what, no fur?). We talked about the animal faces that we saw on it. I made the sounds of some of the animals. (Do flamingos make noise? I hope so. Otherwise I lied to a child.) This marvelous wonder, about 6 feet high, did exactly what it was supposed to. Be compelling, attractive and memorable to kids and adults alike. If there was a mini version of it, on a pencil or in a book, I would have bought it for Elisabeth. It’s just that cool.
What has caught your child’s eye recently and how did you talk about it?