Rabbit Makes a Monkey of Lion: A Swahili Tale

Rabbit Makes a Monkey of Lion: A Swahili Tale

by Verna Aardema, Jerry Pinkney
     
 

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"That little rascal made a monkey out of me again," cries Lion; and no matter how ferocious he acts, Lion can't catch the clever thieves stealing honey from his calabash tree.  See more details below

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"That little rascal made a monkey out of me again," cries Lion; and no matter how ferocious he acts, Lion can't catch the clever thieves stealing honey from his calabash tree.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
First with Bush-rat and then with Turtle, Rabbit visits the calabash tree, about which the honey guide bird has trilled songs of sweet nectar. But that tree is Lion's, and he confronts the invaders just as they are settling into a meal. Quick-witted, Rabbit eludes Lion, but not before he has made the larger beast look foolish and thus prompt his refrain, ``That little rascal made a monkey out of me!'' Credited as a Swahili tale, the story will remind some of Brer Rabbit's pranks on Brer Fox, or of other trickster tales. Aardema offers up a sound piece of storytelling, admirably reflected in Pinkney's full-color watercolor and pencil illustrations; he composes a lush jungle setting for the folksy antics, and brings drama to the text with his depictions of the various escapes from the hapless Lion. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
Story weaver Aardema sprinkles her jolly tales with syllables to mimic all manner of sounds-making this a perfect read aloud. A quick and clever rabbit stars in this folktale that proves that one does not need to be big to be smart. Wonderful, award-winning watercolor art depicts the jungle and the plains of Africa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803702981
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/31/1989
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
0.10(w) x 0.10(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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