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There is just something about Ruth Brown's illustrations that I absolutely love. Dark, kind of creepy...flowing water colors...I'm just not sure, but this is always my favorite part of her books. For my kids, they loved the lift flaps in this one. The animal always just partly hidden, it was fun to guess just what animal it was. My 5 yr old and 3 yr old twins both got a kick out of this one.
In rhyming text, a monkey travels through the jungle, meeting plenty of friends along the way. The right-hand pages have flaps that, once lifted, reveal the animal he is encountering, no longer hidden in the leaves. Children will love lifting those flaps so they can see a kangaroo, an elephant, a crocodile, and more. This title would be most useful shared in small groups or maybe one on one so the readers can examine the brightly-hued and intricate illustrations closely. I liked how all the ...more
The kids enjoyed this one more than I did, but they are the target audience. Some of the rhymes are very forced (chameleon and fun, for example) and I'm pretty sure that those animals do not live in the same place, this bothered me more than it really should have. But the kids enjoyed guessing what animal the monkey was saying hello to, so there is that.
Ages 3-6. Great for Jungle/Safari storytime. Monkey walks through the forest and meets other animals. little flaps reveal the next animal, and a hint is given in the form of a rhyme and pieces or parts of the animal hidden in the shrubbery. Good for early literacy skills. Only downside-- the pictures are a little too busy, and it may be hard for children to see in a storytime setting.
May 11, 2012 Kelli rated it really liked it
Monkey goes for a walk, greeting other animals he meets. The rhyming lines set up the lift-the-flap reveal of the hidden friend. Simple and fun, appropriate for toddlers. Illustrations are a bit busy, but still works.
Ruth Brown is the creator of some of Britain's best loved children's books. She has created a great many picture books for Andersen Press and is highly respected as an author and illustrator. She is married to artist Ken Brown and they have two grown-up sons and one grandchild.More about Ruth Brown...