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Children's LiteratureCyril is the oldest and wisest animal in the zoo. Although Cyril is now loved and respected by everyone, he was not always so accepted. The other animals had never seen anything like Cyril. His strangeness caused them to laugh at him even as they feared him. On the other hand, visitors to the zoo wanted to see Cyril. With the boredom and sameness of winter at the zoo came a radical change in Cyril's status. His bright color reminded the other animals of how wonderful things would be when spring came. The author's bio for this book indicates that she is an illustrator. That undoubtedly explains the marvelous illustrations the book contains as compared to the rather stilted language. Despite the rather uninteresting text, Cyril the Mandrill would be a welcome addition to a unit on diversity. The complex notion of hate stemming from fear of differences is presented in a way that both engages and enlightens young readers. 2005, Star Bright Books, Ages 4 to 8.