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Where's My Mom?

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by Julia Donaldson
 

When little monkey can't find his mother, butterfly offers to help in the search. Little monkey says that his mother is big, so butterfly leads him to . . . an elephant. No, that's not right! Little monkey says his mom is furry, so butterfly leads him to . . . a bat. That's not right either. From then on, little monkey and butterfly meet many jungle animals, but

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When little monkey can't find his mother, butterfly offers to help in the search. Little monkey says that his mother is big, so butterfly leads him to . . . an elephant. No, that's not right! Little monkey says his mom is furry, so butterfly leads him to . . . a bat. That's not right either. From then on, little monkey and butterfly meet many jungle animals, but they don't find Mom until little monkey comes up with just the right description.

With Julia Donaldson's effortless rhyme and Axel Scheffler's vibrant illustrations, this circular tale combines funny miscommunication with a little bit of science for a charming feel-good adventure.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

The creators of The Gruffalo invent an engaging story about a little monkey looking for his mother. When the monkey says, "She's big!... Bigger than me," a helpful butterfly takes him to an elephant. When he says his mother has "a tail that coils around trees," the butterfly takes him to a snake. As the little monkey's descriptions continue to confound the butterfly, Donaldson squeezes in some basic animal facts. The monkey's mother, unlike the spider, would rather "eat fruit than swallow a fly," and she doesn't have "claws or feathery wings" like the parrot. Scheffler's teeming jungle illustrations present easy-to-recognize animals. Each spread features a fresh expression of perplexity on the little monkey's face as he narrows his search terms. The rhymed text sometimes stumbles, using language that sounds more appropriate to an adult narrator (the monkey's lines include, "Oh, dear, what a muddle!" and "None of these creatures look like me!"). In a twist on the expected ending, the butterfly looks for an animal that resembles the little monkey and takes him to his father. The simple story and cheery illustrations will appeal to preschoolers, who will relate to the hunt for just the right words. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)

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Children's Literature - Peg Glisson
Little Monkey is missing his mother, and a helpful butterfly wants to help. Monkey's descriptions are not exact enough: "big" leads to an elephant, "coils around trees" leads to a snake, "has legs" leads to a spider, and " lives in trees" leads to a parrot! After a few more miscues, Monkey finally tells the butterfly that she "looks like me!" Since butterfly's babies do not look like her, this is extremely helpful information! In a fun twist, Monkey is taken to his father, and then reunited with his mother. Donaldson's rhyming text has the rhythm and beat of "Hush Little Baby" and, for the most part, could be easily sung aloud. Scheffler has created a jungle swarming with lush plant life and expressive animals, not limited to those identified in the text. Basic science about where the animals live, what they eat, and how they look, is subtly woven into the text. The text is full of descriptive words and lends itself to predictions as young listeners try to guess what animal will show up next. This makes a great read-aloud and will be enjoyed by young and old alike. Originally published in England in 2000, as Monkey Puzzle by Macmillan. Reviewer: Peg Glisson
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1- When a little monkey loses his mother, a blundering butterfly swoops in to save the day. Monkey describes his mom as "bigger than me," so the butterfly takes him to an elephant. Then monkey describes his mother with a tail that curls around trees, and the butterfly takes him to a snake. With each new descriptor, the butterfly tries another outlandishly wrong animal until the exasperated monkey points out that none of the suggested mothers even looks like him. However, the butterfly has a very good reason for making such a mistake-her babies don't look like her. The bouncy rhyming couplets will charm children, and the butterfly's part can be sung to the tune of "Hush Little Baby." Bold cartoon illustrations on full spreads in bright jungle colors feature a host of expressive insects and creatures. Following a tradition of successful mother-identification stories such as P. D. Eastman's Are You My Mother? (Random, 1960) and Deborah Guarino's Is Your Mama a Llama? (Scholastic, 1989), this story will be entertaining for both groups and one-on-one sharing.-Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA

Kirkus Reviews
In a picture book sure to be a pleaser at storytime, Donaldson takes the oft-written theme of a lost child and tweaks it by lightly basing the rhythmic speech on that of the tune, "Hush Little Baby." A butterfly with a bizarrely human face tries to help little monkey find his mom but keeps missing the mark. Butterfly takes monkey to an elephant, snake, parrot, bat and other animals before the little monkey tells her that he actually looks like his parents, unlike Butterfly's offspring. Soon all is well, when monkey reunites first with dad and then mom. The text can be sung aloud quite easily. Scheffler's wonderfully colorful pictures convey a sense of forward motion and simultaneously little monkey's frustration with Butterfly's choices. The forest is sumptuously green and home to numerous other animals not named in the text. Children will enjoy the humorous details in the drawings, while adults will enjoy a different take on the lost-child theme. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803732285
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/27/2008
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
250,913
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Julia Donaldson lives in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Where's My Mom? 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
Butterfly is helping monkey find his mother, only monkey is not very good with describing his mother to butterfly. It’s like playing twenty questions with butterfly. Butterfly begins by asking monkey a short questioning rhythm before they head off to look for his mother. After they arrive at their destination, the mother animal is in their sight, monkey responds with another rhythm describing the animal that butterfly took him to. Butterfly did take monkey to the correct describing word that monkey stated, only monkey should have explained his mother more thoroughly for butterfly to find monkey’s mother. For example: Monkey says his mother is bigger than him, so butterfly takes him to mother elephant. Monkey says no, that’s an elephant. My mom’s not gray, doesn’t have tusks or a trunk. She doesn’t have baggy knees BUT her tail does coil around trees. So now, butterfly has another clue, coils and now butterfly takes them to another mother animal that coils. Their adventure continues in this same format throughout the book, which I believe is wonderful as it builds on the animals traits. This makes children think about animals that “coil” – what animal could be next? I love that monkey talks about each of the animals traits and describes them too. The proportions within the illustrations are correct and I love the bright colorful pages. Butterfly himself is a funny looking character as his body is a butterfly yet his face is human with antennas. I really enjoyed this fun children’s book and I think I will share it with classes with school resumes in the fall.
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My two year old boys and I love reading this book. It's smart and witty and we love the illustrations. This is a must read for all!