Quick, Slow, Mango!

Quick, Slow, Mango!

by Anik McGrory
     
 

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The star of Anik McGrory's critically acclaimed Kidogo returns in a stand-alone story about delicious mangoes, silly monkeys, and taking one's own sweet time. Baby elephant Kidogo is off with his Mama to find breakfast. Kidogo loves to take his time, and wants to do everything slowly, slowly-even though Mama wants to move quickly. Meanwhile, up in the trees, a

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The star of Anik McGrory's critically acclaimed Kidogo returns in a stand-alone story about delicious mangoes, silly monkeys, and taking one's own sweet time. Baby elephant Kidogo is off with his Mama to find breakfast. Kidogo loves to take his time, and wants to do everything slowly, slowly-even though Mama wants to move quickly. Meanwhile, up in the trees, a mischievous monkey named Polé Polé is always in a hurry, trying to grab all the mangoes he can. Fast and slow, these two adorable critters meet up in the luckiest way-and it's mangoes for breakfast for everyone!

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School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Despite his mama's admonition to hurry, the young elephant first seen in Kidogo (Bloomsbury, 2005) is a dawdler. After the herd has moved on, he finally decides to drink at the river. PolePole the monkey, on the other hand, cannot slow down, and mayhem seems to follow her everywhere. When her unsuccessful and rushed attempts to snag mangoes land her and the delectable fruits in the river, it is Kidogo's zenlike rock imitation, with a stick outstretched from his trunk, that slowly stops both monkey and mangoes. As the two munch on breakfast companionably on the shore, their mothers retrieve them. Kidogo's mama decides that "slowly, slowly" can net good results, although he thinks that "hurry hurry" provided the breakfast. The pencil and watercolor art is suffused with warm yellows and pinks. Although the lesson may sail over the heads of the youngest listeners, they will still warm to the childlike qualities of the characters and this tale of two unlikely friends finding one another.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Children's Literature - Marcie Flinchum Atkins
In the jungle, a little elephant named Kidogo, is always taking his own sweet time. The mama elephant wants him to hurry, but no matter how much she prods, Kidogo does not speed up. Not too far away, a little monkey named PolePole never slows down. He is so speedy that he sometimes gets into trouble. Their two worlds collide when PolePole is eager to get mangoes out of the mango tree. His desire to gather mangoes backfires when he cannot hold them all. He loses them to the river below, where Kidogo is playing. Kidogo realizes the monkey needs a little help and uses a stick to gather the monkey and his bobbing mangoes. Together, the slow elephant and the fast monkey eat their breakfast of mangoes. Mama elephant realizes that sometimes being slow is okay, and Kidogo realizes that sometimes working fast works well for getting breakfast. The illustrator's whimsical watercolor paintings are able to capture the essence of these humorous characters. The character's names, Kidogo and PolePole, as well as mama elephant's favorite phrase, "chapu, chapu, hurry, hurry" are Kiswahili words. Their meanings are explained in the front matter of the book. This book is a delightful read for toddlers, whether they operate slowly or quickly, and their sometimes frustrated parents. Reviewer: Marcie Flinchum Atkins
Kirkus Reviews

Kidogo, the endearing baby elephant, finds a friend (and a tasty breakfast) in this charming follow-up to his and McGrory's debut, Kidogo (2005). The action is straightforward and characterization broad. Like many preschoolers, Kidogo is so fascinated and distracted by the world around him so he can't always keep up with his mother. PolePole the monkey, on the other hand, rushes around like a tiny whirlwind. Their paths overlap and friendship blossoms one morning by the river, where PolePole discovers that Kidogo's calm, slow style enables him to catch the ripe mangos she is inadvertently tossing into the water in her frantic efforts to pick them. The text is sprinkled with Kiswahili words, several of which (like PolePole's name, which means "slowly slowly") include repetition. This, along with other word repetitions and a repeating pattern of three events or actions, contributes to a lilting, rhythmic feel. The attractive pencil-and-watercolor artwork features bright, soft colors and rounded, smiling animals, while the variety of sizes and layouts match and enhance the pace of this simple, utterly charming story. (Picture book. 5-8)

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ISBN-13:
9781599905921
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
01/04/2011
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.37(w) x 10.19(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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