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LITTLE MONKEY LOST

Kirkus Reviews

The similarities and differences among New World monkeys are at the center of this tale of one lost monkey. Bored with his troop's routine of eating leaves and taking long naps, Little Monkey (a Squirrel Monkey) leaps onto a lily pad for a fun ride, but ends up far downstream. Remembering his mother's advice, he looks to other monkeys to point the way home. Although none help him find his troop, he learns something from each one: howling (Howler), swinging (Spider), snuggling (Titi) and eating fruit (Night). When Little Monkey puts these skills together, he finds his troop by himself and teaches them what he has learned. A back section identifies the monkeys and provides readers with some interesting facts. With animals that look like they will pop off the pages, and foliage so lush one can almost feel the humidity, DuQuette's naturalistic illustrations will take readers deep into the heart of the jungles of South and Central America. A lovely tale on its own, and a good springboard for discussing "what if . . . " with young children. (Picture book. 4-8)


New Jersey Star Ledger

by Lynne Pate 5/6/07
Deep in the jungle, a bored young squirrel monkey takes a ride on a lily pad in the river and becomes lost. Little Monkey is befriended by other monkeys of all kinds: agile spider monkeys, who teach him to swing through the trees by his tail; loyal titi monkeys, who teach him to hug. Little Monkey uses his new skills to find his way home and teaches his troop what he's learned. DuQuette informs readers with a "Meet the Monkeys" appendix and entertains with his gorgeous paintings and sweet expressions that young animal lovers will adore. (Ages 4-8)

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