Monday, January 31, 2011
Book Review: Monkey and Rabbit Together
Monkey and Rabbit Together
As Retold by: Dr. Mike Lockett
Illustrated by: Ming-Jen Hsu
Published by: Heritage Schoolhouse Press in the US Date: 2010
Brilliant International Group in Taiwan
Price: $19.95 (includes audio CD)
Rating: 4 ½ stars (1-5)
Reviewed by: Kris Quinn Christopherson
Synopsis: Adapted from a popular African folktale, this book tells the story about Monkey and Rabbit and their bad habits. Monkey is always scratching. Rabbit is always sniffing and wiggling. The two have a contest to see who can sit still the longest as they try to get rid of their bad habits. An audio CD comes with the book to help younger students and English language learners follow the story on their own. Monkey and Rabbit Together is in a bilingual format with English on one side and Chinese on the other.
Overall thoughts: A straightforward, wonderfully-paced tale that will make children giggle. The colorful pictures and descriptive words allow for the reader to be completely engaged in Monkey and Rabbit’s contest. This book has a really clever concept with the bilingual format. Although I do not read or understand the Chinese language, I enjoyed seeing the language printed, and it is a fun way to expose children to another culture.
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