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Termites on a Stick

Termites on a Stick

by Michele Coxon
A young chimp savors the sweet taste of success when he learns to find delectable termites from his mother.


A young chimp savors the sweet taste of success when he learns to find delectable termites from his mother.

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
This tale of Little Chimp evolved from a factual account of the life of a young chimp in the African rainforest. His mother shows him how to use a small branch to collect some of her favorite snack, termites from their nest. When he tries to do it by himself, he has to find the right stick and prepare it properly. He is rewarded with the tasty treat. Then it is bedtime. His mother has prepared a bed for him. Little Chimp falls asleep in her arms. Mother and child are introduced on the jacket, looking out at us in a picture that almost seems photographed. The visual story, painted in detail but with greater emotional warmth than colored photographs, informs us of the forest environment, but mainly of the lessons taught and the love expressed between mother and child. The many parallels between their actions and that of humans are evident. There is additional factual information about both chimpanzees and termites. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

A young chimpanzee is rewarded with a tasty treat once he figures out how to fish termites out of their nest. Simple text and realistic paintings follow Little Chimp and his mother through a day in which the youngster emulates his mother's use of a handy tool. Coxton supplies moments of humor in Little Chimp's facial expressions as he goes through trial and error to find just the right stick for the job. His satisfying accomplishment is followed by bedtime in his mother's arms atop a tall tree. Carefully crafted, this picture-book introduction to tool-using chimps could work as a read-aloud story or as independent reading for young animal fans. A list of facts is followed by useful drawings of a chimp hand and foot with an explanation of how they compare to those of humans and a labeled cutaway of a termite nest. The one shortfall occurs in the final invitation to help save these animals that names two organizations but gives no contact information.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston

Product Details

Star Bright Books, Incorporated
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Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
AD670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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