Monkey Puzzle Print
Wednesday, 28 January 2009 21:20

Julia Donaldson

Little Monkey has lost his mummy, but a kindly butterfly has offered to help him find her. It soon becomes clear, however, that the two creatures are of very different mindsets. To monkey it seems obvious that his mother should be easy to spot, but for butterfly, who does not look like her caterpillar children such a thought does not occur. So, the poor confused butterfly repeatedly finds incorrect animals in the hope of reuniting the monkey with his mum.

This is a charming story from Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo, and should definitely keep little monkeys entertained. The butterfly's frequent errors are not only amusing, but also serve to introduce the young reader to the concept of classification. The use of rhyme and alliteration helps to create energy and pace.

    "Mum's got a nose and not a beak.
     She doesn't squawk and squabble and shriek.
     She doesn't have claws or feathery wings.
      And anyway, my mum leaps and springs."

The story is beautifully complimented by the eye-catching illustrations of Axel Scheffler, which really brings the words to life. A magnificent partnership. I love reading this book to Fraser and highly recommend it.


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