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Rabbit Makes a Monkey of Lion

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"That little rascal made a monkey out of me again," cries Lion; and no matter how ferocious he acts, Lion can't catch the clever thieves stealing honey from his calabash tree.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by Puffin (first published 1989)
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Ronyell
I have read many African folktales and I had enjoyed a good majority of them! So, imagine my surprise when I picked up a new children’s book called “Rabbit Makes a Monkey of Lion,” which is a Swahili tale retold by Verna Aardema along with illustrations by Jerry Pinkney and it is definitely one story that every child should read!

The story starts out with the honey guide telling Rabbit about how it found some tasty honey in a calabash tree and Rabbit decides to invite her friends Bush-rat and Tur
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Cleo
Jun 12, 2013 Cleo rated it really liked it
I love Jeremy Pinkney's illustrations.
Anna Wilson
Mar 01, 2016 Anna Wilson rated it really liked it
Title: Rabbit Makes a Monkey of Lion
Author: Verna Aardema
Illustrator: Jerry Pinkney
Genre: Non-European Folktale
Theme(s): Working together
Opening line/sentence: "There was a time when, of all creatures in the world, monkey was considered most foolish."
Brief Book Summary:
This book is about a rabbit who finds a beehive in a lion's calabash tree. In order to get honey from the hive, the rabbit uses the help of a rat and turtle, however, the lion is not pleased to find out someone is eating his hone
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Claire Kirchgessner
Rabbit Makes a Monkey of Lion is a Swahili tale for readers of primary to intermediate levels. I found this tale interesting because I had never heard this story before, however; I'm sure it is a popular folktale in Swahili. It was said that a monkey was the most foolish animal. In this story, a Rabbit is wakened by a bird informing him he knows where some honey is. The Rabbit first enlists the help of a Bush-Rat. They climb the calabash tree and get the honey, the only problem is that is the Li ...more
Taryn Vogel
Apr 14, 2015 Taryn Vogel rated it really liked it
Personal Reaction: I found a lot of similarities between this book and the story I read from the Mexican culture. I really enjoy the trickster tale, and to see the smaller animal outsmarting the bigger, stronger animal. This book was really fun to read, so I think it will be great for enjoyment in the classroom.

Purpose: I think this book should be aimed for students 2nd-3rd grade. It could be used in a lesson to show how all cultures relate and can be combined. The plot line of this book was ver
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Zach Naegele
Jul 13, 2011 Zach Naegele rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
In this story a rabbit obsessed with honey endangers himself and others. A honey guide leads the rabbit to a bees nest, but the rabbit cannot or does not want to gather honey alone. First the rabbit takes along a bush rat. The lion claims the tree is his, and he gets angry with the two. The rabbit finds a way to trick the lion where they both get away. Later the bush rat must trick the lion so he can stay alive as well. Next the rabbit returns to the tree with a turtle. Again the lion is upset, ...more
Reana Smiley
May 20, 2015 Reana Smiley rated it it was ok
Aardema, Verna, and Jerry Pinkney. Rabbit Makes a Monkey of Lion: A Swahili Tale. New York: Dial for Young Readers, 1989. Print. Picture book. Ages 4-8. Rabbit makes a Monkey of Lion is a story about a rabbit who is looking for honey. The rabbit gets into trouble with a lion, and has to be smart to get away from the lion. This story uses a wide variety of vocabulary words which is an important element in a picture book in order to help a child develop their vocabulary. This book also has lovely ...more
Sarah
Mar 01, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: kidlit, picture-books
Traditional literature, trickster tale
Rabbit evades lion over and over again by using clever tricks and sometimes the help of friends such as turtle and bush rat. Pinkney's signature watercolors add expression and emotion to the text, but they are cluttered compared to his later work of "Lion and Mouse".
Alex Wulfekuhle
May 01, 2016 Alex Wulfekuhle rated it really liked it
In this story a rabbit obsessed with honey endangers himself and others. A honey guide leads the rabbit to a bees nest, but the rabbit cannot or does not want to gather honey alone. First the rabbit takes along a bush rat. The lion claims the tree is his, and he gets angry with the two.
Kapra McMichael
Apr 11, 2011 Kapra McMichael rated it it was amazing
Shelves: folk-tales
-A folk about a rabbit's tricks on a lion
-An entertaining story for kids
Debby Baumgartner
It is the animals against the mighty lion over his tree.
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Verna Norberg Aardema Vugteveen (6 June 1911 – 11 May 2000), best known by the name Verna Aardema, was an American author of children's books.

Born in New Era, Michigan she graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. of Journalism in 1934. She worked as a grade school teacher from 1934 to 1973 and became a correspondent for the Muskegon Chronicle in 1951, which lasted until 1972, the year
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