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Monkey for Sale

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It's market day in a Congolese village
It's market day in Luzolo's village, and she has a five-franc coin to spend. Her parents tell her on market day, "No one gets something for nothing." She must choose wisely, they say, and bargain for a fair price. Then she and her friend Kiese discover that Mama Lusufu has a wild monkey for sale. They offer to trade their new purchase
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 15th 2002 by Frances Foster Books
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Wow! This book introduces a potentially unfamiliar culture, explains the concept of bartering and trading, and sticks up for animals captured as “exotic pets”—and tells a good story to boot.

Follow two young girls through the village marketplace as they trade various goods with the goal of freeing a monkey who has been captured from his native habitat and is being sold as a pet. Monkey for Sale is a good humane education tie-in to a discussion about why wild animals don’t make good pets.
Jennifer B
This is a great story that provides a fun and interesting look at market day in a village in the Democratic Republic of Congo.You follow Luzolo as she decides how to spend her money at market. It also provides a good memory game when the trading begins... The illustrations are very rich and beautifully muted color etchings. Thoroughly entertaining.
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We read this book during our unit on economics in preparation for the Children's Business Fair. It shows a great example of why different customers make purchases.
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