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5.0 out of 5 starsFamily Favorite
Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2020
You know those books that your kid LOVES but you fight the impulse to hide (or burn) every single night? This is not one of them. Our three year old has at least a couple hundred books - including Donaldson/Scheffler's The Gruffalo, Highway Rat, Room on the Broom and The Snail and the Whale - and this one is loved by the whole family. It's not scary (to a three year old) the way Room on the Broom and Gruffalo can be. It's easier to read than The Snail and the Whale (I challenge you to read that one all the way through with no mistakes). It's not obnoxious like the Highway Rat ("Highway Rat, Highway Rat, Highway Rat..."). It's short enough that you can read it anytime, like while cooking dinner or getting ready for work, as we've been asked to do, but long enough to be good for a kid with a longer reading attention span. Also, it teaches kids to be specific and communicate properly, and that not all children look like their parents (especially good if your kid knows interracial families, or if your family is). The pictures are amazing, as you'd expect from any Axel Scheffler book, and our son can spend ages just looking at them. Even if you've already read it twice that day, the squeal of excitement at the end when the baby monkey is back with his mommy and daddy makes it totally worth reading again.
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother great book by Julia Donaldson
Reviewed in the United States on June 1, 2016
I love Julia Donaldson's books. So far we have "Room on the broom", "The Gruffalo", "The Gruffalo's child" and "The Whale and the snail". My 3 and half daughter likes this one as well. Very nice pictures (I expected them!). It is very easy to follow for my daughter and it is a cute story. Summing up, the book is about a monkey who lost her mom and a butterfly who helps find the monkey's mom based on how the little monkey describes her. I used it to make my little one describe me (her mom), her dad, her best friend,etc . I think it could be more interesting for young children (3-5) than older kids (5 up). I think this book is more "similar" to "Room on the broom", "The Gruffalo", "The Gruffalo's child" because you have more "repetitions" and it rhymes. It is definitely less wordy than ""The Whale and the snail".
My favorite remain "Room on the Broom" and "The Gruffalo" though... :-)
We have several Donaldson books and we really like this one. I made a point to get the original UK version because I think they flow better than the American versions. In this one it says "mum" instead of mom.
It is the story of a little monke how has losen his mom and a butterfly who help him to find her. It is a great book about understanding that there are others realities and it is importand to explain what you want to say.
3.0 out of 5 starsA little more scuffed up than I expected but still good
Reviewed in the United States on April 1, 2020
We love Julia Donaldsons books. We bought this used-like new and I think it should have just been called used. Was pretty dog eared. We have two toddlers though so I'm sure it wouldn't have been with us too long before it looked how it does 😂
Es un libro perfectamente válido para niños a partir de 3 o 4 años. La historia, muy tierna: un monito pierde a su mamá y la va buscando por la selva. Durante la búsqueda se va encontrando animales, que aunque se parecen en alguna característica a su madre no es su mamá monita! El libro en sí, es entretenido, y se pueden trabajar en inglés varios vocabularios: los animales, las partes del cuerpo, la selva, etc. Lo mejor, enseñar a los peques que tienen que tener cuidado para no perderse ;) En mi caso, lo compré por unos cuatro euros, en el formato de cartón, que es muy robusto y duradero para niños pequeños. Volvería a comprarlo, las ilustraciones y diálogos, como siempre pasa con Julia Donalson estupendos. Nota 9 sobre 10 Espero que la opinión sea de utilidad :)
5.0 out of 5 starsJust buy when it says Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler together on a book!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 10, 2015
I bought this along with 11 other Julia Donaldson Books(All Board Books). I did a lot of research before buying and building my 15 month old daughters first library along with Van Fleet, Eric Carle, Dr Suess etc. At first it was all about pictures then sounds then role play and now its the story in 12-13 months she has grown with these books and loves anything we introduce now. Each book has a 12-14 page story which gives you abundance of opportunity to spend quality time with your little one. Reading is just one of the things you can do with these. They are illustrated so very well with vibrant colours and end to end pictures that you have so much to explore if you introduce reading really young. I have copied some of the illustrations on to a A4 sheet given my daughter to color. Just buy when it says Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler together on a book.
I always wait until I have read the story to my second language English Austrian primary pupils before I write a review. Some people forget that the stories are for children and NOT for adults who criticise the style, plot, rhyming, pictures, etc. Sometimes it is " the singer not the song" when reading a story for enjoyment. I thought that two things were very clever in this story. First, the fact that elephant is pointed out again near the end, and that the butterfly has to explain that HIS children do not look like him. There were many bright colourful pictures on each page, which stimulate the children's imagination and knowledge of nature. The descriptions were very clever, and great fun was had by the pupils when guessing which animal would next be shown to the little monkey. Poor old Butterfly tried very hard, but the story had a happy ending. Overall I thought that it was a super story, and just as exciting as "The Gruffalo", " Room On A Broom" and " Superworm ". For the follow up work I would like to be able to buy the " Monkey Puzzle Drawing Book" if there was such as book. I am hopeless at drawing.
5.0 out of 5 starsTerrific jungle-set tale full of rhyming fun
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 19, 2020
While Julia Donaldson is most famous for The Gruffalo, and Zog is probably our daughter's favourite of her many children's books, she has written a whole host of terrific tales for young ones.
This is perhaps lesser-known, but well worth grabbing.
A sweet, charming tale of a little lost monkey and a butterfly that tries to help. There is a really nice sing-song rhythm, a great 'tour' through a variety of fun jungle animals the wee ones love, and a cool wee twist to the tale. A very re-readable book that we've thoroughly enjoyed over and over, and bought copies for friends who've become new parents.
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother cute JD/AS collaboration
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 16, 2020
I'm a total fan of all the JD/AS collaborations and this one is no exception. A gentle story of a butterfly helping a monkey find his mummy, my children are sensitive but there's no peril or anxiety in him being lost from his mummy so they weren't worried for him. They laugh at all the funny misunderstandings along the way and lose it completely when the butterfly leads him to the elephant AGAIN. There's a happy ending, the drawings are beautiful and the rhymes make it easy for them to read along and memorise the story for themselves. It's a form favourite in our house. I'd recommend for ages 2-4 personally.