Pedro and the Monkey

Pedro and the Monkey

by Robert D. San Souci, Michael Hays
     
 

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In this Filipino trickster tale, Pedro finally catches the monkey that has been stealing his corn. But when the wily thief begs for his release, the kindhearted farmer sets him free. In return, the monkey tells Pedro that he will arrange for the poor young man to marry the daughter of Don Francisco, the rich landowner. Gorgeous illustrations are the perfect

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In this Filipino trickster tale, Pedro finally catches the monkey that has been stealing his corn. But when the wily thief begs for his release, the kindhearted farmer sets him free. In return, the monkey tells Pedro that he will arrange for the poor young man to marry the daughter of Don Francisco, the rich landowner. Gorgeous illustrations are the perfect complement to this spirited retelling of a beloved Filipino trickster tale.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
In this retelling of a Filipino folktale, Pedro, a kind but poor farmer, is rewarded for his good deeds by a clever, grateful monkey. He ends up as the wealthy owner of a mansion with many fields and the loving husband of the beautiful Maria. An author's note explains how this tale, which is a variant of Dick Whittington and His Cat, came to the Philippines. The full color acrylic on linen illustrations complement the text well and help make this picture book a good choice for story time.
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
In this retelling of a Filipino folktale (similar to the European Puss in Boots), a clever monkey rewards a poor farmer's kindness by helping him to great wealth and a happy marriage. The illustrations recall the sunny lushness of the Filipino countryside.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3In this Filipino variant of "Puss in Boots," Pedro, a poor farmer, is rewarded for his kindness when he shows mercy to a monkey caught stealing his corn. The wily monkey convinces Don Francisco, a wealthy landowner, to allow Pedro to court his daughter. The young farmer then helps the monkey imprison Burincantada, a monstrous giant who acquired his luxurious estate when he ate the original owners. Pedro wins Maria's heart and hand, and the monkey spends his days happily advising the couple and Don Francisco. In a carefully composed source note, San Souci states that his retelling is a composite of four variants with additional details supplied through his research. The narrative is vivid, expressive, and fun to read aloud, especially when the monkey spins his stories. Hays's acrylic on linen illustrations amplify the story, and the fabric texture adds dimension to the paintings. The artist employs cool pastels and pale golds that are as refreshing as a cold drink on a hot day, and his use of light enhances the paintings, which are as expressive as the text they illustrate. A successful and appealing collaboration.Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688137434
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/01/1996
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.57(w) x 11.34(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Robert D. San Souci is the author of many award-winning retellings of legends and folktales for children. He also wrote the screen story for the Walt Disney animated feature Mulan. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

Michael Hays is the illustrator of several books for children, including Abiyoyo by Pete Seeger and Hello, Tree! by Joanne Ryder. He lives in Oak Park, IL.

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