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On his first trip into the world, a baby baboon meets a very slow turtle and concludes that the world is slow. But then, as his mother takes him farther afield, he sees much more: he watches a hungry crocodile, a thundering herd of elephants, a swift gazelle, a rhinoceros. He feels the heat of a fire, the softness of grass, the warmth of the sun. Throughout the day, everyt ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published 1997)
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Shiyun li
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book tells the first journey baby baboon meets the world with his mother. Baboon is curious, everything he sees is new and fresh. With more and more he sees, his view of the world broadened, and he gradually knows that the world is a big and varied place. I especially like the impressionistic style illustration: it is just like see from the baby baboon's eyes, the world is an impression, vague, but real.
Danielle Monroe
Apr 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
This book would be great to use to help children understand generalizations. A baboon just came into the world and his mother is showing him around. With everything he sees, he makes a generalization about the world.
Carrie Gelson
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Love the rhythm of the language and the soft gentle story of little baboon and mother exploring the world.
Nov 08, 2011 added it
A favorite 1-on-1 read-to book. Good, calming bed-time story.
Yasmine Yang
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-my-chilidren
The story is just ok but I love the picture.
Olivia Bailey
Nov 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
This is a good book to read to students to help them expand their understanding of the world. They could take apart the meanings that the baboon deiscovers in the book. This can relate to a social studies lesson about the world. Students can learn their place in the world and how they can help.

This can be an inspirational book to write poetry. Each line could be "The world is..." and the next line short explain how it is. The students can use the book as a model on how to make a poem. I would al
Mar 24, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Kids, ages 3 and up
Nice, if not terribly memorable. I'm fond of Kate Banks and I love the idea of the little baboon exploring his immediate world while staying within arms' reach of his mother, who provides a contextually wise and warm explanation for everything he (she?) sees. The illustrations seem a bit lazy, but overall it's a sweet read.
Oct 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-devices
This is the stor of an infant baboon that is just learning the ways of the world on a tour with her mother. Like other books that Kate Banks has written, this is a soothing reassuring tale about building understanding through experience and a mother's reassurance that the world is wonderful place if you only know to proceed with caution.
This is a great book to read to a small child who is learning how big the world can be. There are so many different parts to the world, and it is important to learn how they all work together. The pictures in this book are lovely, and the message it carries spurs dialogic reading for children and their caregivers.
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Ages 2 and up

A little baboon oberves the world and asks his mom questions about whether the world is always like he is currently experiencing it.

This would be a good book to read to your child and then talk about what they see in the world.
Feb 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
I love this book. The little baboon views the world on the back of his mother. He describe what the world is like through his eyes. A great book to celebrate the wonders of the world.
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kidlit, picture-books
We follow baboon and his mother through their habitat, learning animal names along the way. Baboon is beginning to understand the vast size of his world. Illustrations are muted and dark - too dark.
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Awfully sweet and contemplative.
A baby baboon learns about the world, how large it is, how much it contains.
Joe Gardner
Apr 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
All about growing up and discovering the world around you.
Jul 21, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: toddlers
Shelves: picture-books
Story of a baby baboon exploring the world and meeting animals for the first time. Includes descriptive words for the world.
Sophie Landrum
Sep 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Especially sweet-we love anything by Kate.
Feb 01, 2010 rated it liked it
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I liked the story and even the pictures, but they were all too dark.
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Kate Banks has written many books for children, among them Max’s Words, And If the Moon Could Talk, winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and The Night Worker, winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award. She grew up in Maine, where she and her two sisters and brother spent a lot of time outdoors, and where Banks developed an early love of reading. “I especially liked picture books,” she says, “an ...more
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