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The White Gorilla and the Three Chimpanzees ... a day from the zoo
By Saragine Francois
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2011 Saragine Francois
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Chapter OneSpending yet another day at the zoo was not quite what the white gorilla and his friends, the three chimpanzees, Dancer, Brainless, and Smarty, wanted. What should they do? That night, the white gorilla, who wanted to be called Chef, came up with a plan—he would escape with Dancer, Brainless, and Smarty to visit the world of humans. He could not stand the thought of humans visiting their environment all of the time, when they could not visit the humans' environment.
In the morning, Chef held a cane in his hands—a cane that had been passed down for generations and given to Chef by his grandfather. This was a magical cane that was meant to be used very wisely, for it was believed to be able to cast a spell on any human or animal that was a threat. Chef wondered, Could it?
That morning, the zookeeper made her rounds and glanced at the apes' cage. She noticed that Chef was holding a cane in his hand and staring out at her. Dancer was dancing in her cage as if her world was about to change for the better; Brainless was clueless; and Smarty, who thought Chef had the best idea as usual, had agreed to the plan. As the zookeeper stared back at Chef, Dancer gently unhooked the key from her pocket. About an hour later, their journey began.
As they quickly escaped, the four friends noticed a car coming toward them. Since they didn't know how far they could get on foot, they decided to stop the car. Chef held his cane out, pointing it toward the car, and the car began to slow down. The driver got out of the car as if he was under hypnosis. Dancer, Brainless, Smarty, and of course Chef, got into the car and drove away. Chef was driving. As they traveled, they all stared in amazement at the mountains, trees, cars, trucks, and stores around them. They were also fascinated with the people and children walking along the street.
After a few hours, they became hungry. They stopped at a local store to get some food. When they entered, customers began to scream and run out of the store. What do you think Chef did?
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Reviewed by Jean Hall for Readers' Favorite Escaping from the zoo can be fun. The White Gorilla and the Three Chimpanzees...a Day From the Zoo, by Saragine Francois, is a tale well told. Chef, the huge gorilla, and his three chimp pals Dancer, Brainless, and Smarty, all have a furry role to play by causing mischief when they break free. It is no wonder that these four pals want to get out from behind the bars of the zoo. Who wouldn't want to roam free and have a fun adventure? With the help of Chef's magic cane (which puts a spell on a hapless human), the four characters drive away in the humans' car. They decide they are hungry, so they visit a grocery store to find a banana or two. The people in the store naturally run away. But of course, these critter companions are no threat to anyone. They find themselves at a girl's birthday party where they are mistaken for humans in animal costumes. However, this story is not all about a fun adventure. The gorilla and chimps have caused some trouble at the zoo and in the town. They are safely recovered with a policeman's help. The policeman was not under the magic cane's spell. The story has a nice, color background and an easy-to-read text. Saragine Francois takes the reader on a fun romp through the town. There is some dialogue but most of the plot points are described by the character's actions. The colorful and distinct illustrations by Brian Rice help bring the story to life.
This book is an exciting book children will love. I read this book in the classrom and children were able to use their imaginations to interact with this book. This story is well animated and is full of surprises. I recommend this book as a "MUST READ."
The new picture book, "The White Gorilla and the Three Chimpanzees.a day from the zoo!", written by Saragine Francois and illustrated by Brian Rice, is an adventurous book featuring four animals who have decided to leave the safety of the zoo and find out what lies beyond. Curious about the human world, Chef, the white gorilla, and his three chimpanzee friends, Dancer, Brainless and Smarty find both trouble and fun while they investigate the oddities of human life. During their trek, Chef and his friends share many new experiences, such as attending a birthday party, driving a car and grocery shopping. Told with humor and wit, the story is sure to draw a chuckle from both parents and children as they watch these primates acting silly and finding themselves in the most unusual circumstances. As for the illustrations, they are extremely colorful and express perfectly the scenes from the text. You could almost follow the storyline without the words since the illustrations do such a good job of telling the story. You can clearly see the personalities of each character, even if their names didn't give you clues. Your little one will have no trouble pointing out which chimps are Dancer, Brainless and Smarty.and they will probably do it while giggling. The story itself is written in a simple fashion that is easy for children to follow, but manages to introduce new words that your child may not be familiar with yet. This gives parents the opportunity to use reading time not only for pleasure, but as a learning experience as well. The first time I read through this story I did feel like it ended rather abruptly, but upon my second reading I realized that this may have been intentional on the author's part. By ending the story where she does, she really makes you think about the ending and asks you to consider that maybe what we fear isn't really a threat, but is simply new and currently outside of our comfort zone. A thought that is as true for us adults as it is for children.
What a wonderful book for any child. I read this to my little girl and she enjoyed how the apes fooled the humans especially the part where the parents thought they were in costumes. Loved it!