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Jungle School

Overview

It's Jani's first day at school and she's nervous. Will the other monkeys be friendly? Will they all stare at her? Jani is in a wheelchair, and this makes her different. But, thanks to her sense of cheekiness, she makes friends and has a very nice first day at school indeed. This book stars a monkey with a sense of fun.

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Overview

It's Jani's first day at school and she's nervous. Will the other monkeys be friendly? Will they all stare at her? Jani is in a wheelchair, and this makes her different. But, thanks to her sense of cheekiness, she makes friends and has a very nice first day at school indeed. This book stars a monkey with a sense of fun.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sharon Oliver
A "Green Banana" in the "Bananas" series of easy readers, this slim volume is for beginning readers. The book contains 3 stories centered around a young monkey named Jani, who is new to the Jungle School. We first meet Jani, who is in a wheelchair, on her first day of school. We follow her through her introduction to her classmates on the first day to her performance in physical education class and creative costume making during dress-up time. Jani and her friends are very appealing characters. Sim's brightly colored and dynamic illustrations are perfect for these stories. The vocabulary is slightly above the level expected for a beginning reader and the frequent appearance of contractions may present difficulties for some young readers. The book does have the advantage of a second purpose; it is a nice story about accepting people with differences and disabilities that children can easily understand. If you are in need of emergent readers, there are better ones out there, but if you're looking for short, easy stories to add to your collection, this is a nice choice.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-These beginning readers, each with three short chapters, highlight familiar situations: the first day in a new school, bedtime fears, and conflicts with a friend. School features a monkey in a wheelchair and her classmates, while Bed and Diggers have children and their family members as characters. Teachers will appreciate the multisyllabic word choices in these books, but at times the language may be above the level of the intended audience. The books also contain dialogue bubbles. Each title includes some descriptive words that may help young readers develop a larger vocabulary when the books are read aloud. The colorful illustrations, which differ in style, add humor. Additional fare.-Kathleen Pavin, Purdy Elementary School Library, Fort Atkinson, WI Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778710264
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Series: Green Bananas Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Laird was born in New Zealand but she grew up in London. She has lived in many parts of the world, including Ethiopia, Malaysia, Iraq and Lebanon. She has been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Book Prize several times. She has won the Children's Book Award and the Smarties Prize. She lives in south-west London with her husband. Roz Davison works as a Project Facilitator and an advocate for two disability organisations. She lives on the Wirral. David Sims is an up-and-coming illustrator.

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