Monkey Play (Step into Reading Book Series: A Step 1 Book)

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Monkey Plays is an energetic companion to Bear Hugs and Panda Kisses

One by one, monkeys add to the jungle fun—swinging from palm trees, hiding in an Indian market, and playing from sundown to sun-up!

This playful Step 1 features a rhyming text with a bouncy rhythm and bright illustrations.

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Overview

Monkey Plays is an energetic companion to Bear Hugs and Panda Kisses

One by one, monkeys add to the jungle fun—swinging from palm trees, hiding in an Indian market, and playing from sundown to sun-up!

This playful Step 1 features a rhyming text with a bouncy rhythm and bright illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Emily Griffin
Young monkeys play and make friends in this level one reader, part of the "Step Into Reading" series. Soft, whimsical illustrations place these young monkeys in an Indian market. They swing on vines, ropes, and silk scarfs, causing innocent mischief as they explore their surroundings. They try on embroidered hats, scarves, shoes, and jewelry. They touch (and eat) the fruits, flowers, and spices that are also found at the market. The monkeys even sing along with a sitar player. Intended to help beginning readers, the illustrations mirror the straightforward text. There are one to two sentences on each page, and these are often short (i.e., "Monkeys leap. Monkeys slide."). Much of the text rhymes (though some of the rhymes are more successful than others), and Capucilli uses basic vocabulary, though a few lines are slightly more complex and should succeed in challenging a new reader who is comfortable at this level. The Indian location creates a lively cast of characters, including camels, elephants, a peacock, goats, colorful birds, a rhinoceros, and more. The people at the marketplace are dressed in elaborate, traditional garb. Early readers will enjoy seeing these silly monkeys explore this exotic location. Reviewer: Emily Griffin
Kirkus Reviews
No matter how playful they are, the frolicking monkeys in Capucilli and Pang's collaboration fail to make this beginning reader a success. Although the text employs good controls around vocabulary, its central problem is that it lacks sufficient rhythmic discipline. This is immediately apparent with the opening lines, which read, "Way up high, / in a big palm tree, / sits one little monkey"; subsequent lines do not ameliorate the flawed cadence. Cartoonish, digitally rendered illustrations depict monkeys cavorting among South Asian musicians, merchants, spice jars and then a bevy of animals from the "royal zoo." Although it's refreshing to see references to the South Asian setting in text and illustrations, ultimately there is little story apparent to engage readers in the monkeys' play. This is a fatal flaw. Emergent readers may be able to decode the text, but it gives them too little motivation to want to read or reread it. The monkeys may be playful, but this title isn't as much fun for new readers as it should be. (Early reader. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375869938
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Series: Step into Reading Book Series: A Step 1 Book
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 267,871
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

ALYSSA SATIN CAPUCILLI is one of the most recognizable names in the easy-to-read field. Her super-successful Biscuit books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies in multiple formats. Alyssa is also the author of Bear Hugs and Panda Kisses, Step 1 Step into Reading books.

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