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Author: Julia A. Donaldson

Illustrator: Axel Scheffler

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Publisher: The Penguin Group,

Material: hard cover

Summary: A monkey is searching for his mother. A butterfly comes along and offers to help with the search. The butterfly takes the monkey to different jungle animals, thinking that she is helping. But she takes him to lots of different animals, and the monkey has to explain why that particular animal cannot be his mother. In the end, he does get reunited with mom. This picture book offers a story about getting lost, as well as a chance to talk about animals.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 2 to 6

Reading Level: 1.8

Age of Child: Read with 4-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter picked this book, but was only interested in reading it once. She spent time exploring the book, and would ask me to stop on each page and talk about each of the animals and why they couldn't be the monkey's mom.

Adult Reader Reaction: I enjoyed the search for his mom and how his dad finally came and brought him to her.

Pros: The story takes you along for the ride as the monkey tries to find his mom. You feel for the monkey and relate to him. It is a fast paced story that flows well.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. The book can offer information about being lost, teach kids about different animals, and also help them learn to be observant (i.e., noticing how things are alike and how they are different). If a child likes animals a lot this would be a good book to buy for them.

If You Liked This Book, Try: WHAT I LIKE ABOUT ME! A Book of Celebrating Differences   HUG   DAKOTA GETS LOST (The Playdate Kids)

Educational Themes: There is a lot you can do with this book. For younger pre-readers, it will be fun to explore and learn about the animals. Parents won't miss the opportunity to offer a lesson on getting lost or separated, either. Because the animals are not monkeys, young readers have the opportunity to learn about how to describe things clearly, as well as make distinctions between to things. Explore the book without reading a word!

Literary Categories: fiction - picture book, animal characters, family

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2008

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