We love this book, "Goodnight Gorilla" by Peggy Rathmann and have been reading it almost everyday for the past month or so.
I dug out the literacy bag I had put together years ago for StrongStart and strung a clothesline between two chairs in the back yard.
Each animal was behind their 'cages'. The cages were hung, on the line, with clothespins (which she loved helped taking off when we were all done).
I gave her a set of coloured paper keys that matched the cages.
She knew all about the keys from the book as well I had found some extras at a thrift store for her to play with.
As she opened each cage she played with that animal. Inspecting them. Getting to know them.
She wasn't in a rush to get each of them out.
The animals were lined up, like in the story, as she removed them from the cage.
Once the story was done she continued to play with the animals.
And her poor baby doll got locked up too.