Monkey's New Trick

Children - Animals
29 Pages
Reviewed on 12/04/2018
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Reviewed by Alyssa Elmore for Readers' Favorite

A crafty little monkey devises a new way to try a different fruit in the engaging children's story, Monkey's New Trick by Coral Walker. All the animals of the jungle enjoy the fruit of the trees. To eat the fruit, the animals must address the tree by name, and ask nicely for some fruit. If asked politely, the tree will drop some fruit close by the animal. Within the jungle, there is a beautiful, giant fruit tree. Although the fruit on that tree looks and smells delicious, the poor animals never can remember the long name of the tree. Far away, up high on a hill, there is an old woman that knows the names of all the trees. Sadly, whenever the animals ask the old woman the name of the tree, they forget by the time they arrive back in the jungle. That is until Monkey has an idea. Using his unique ability to create music, Monkey tries to solve the mystery of the tree to finally taste its fruit. Will Monkey succeed? If he does, will Monkey like the fruit?

Children discover problem solving in the colorful children's storybook, Monkey's New Trick by Coral Walker. Monkey is a determined little creature. With tenacity and creativity, Monkey gets to taste the giant tree's fruit, only it isn't as he'd imagined. Although the fruit looks and smells good, the fruit tastes quite different. Children will learn with Monkey that although some situations in life can have the potential to be disappointing and reap seemingly negative results after much effort, if they keep their chins up and focus on the positive, disappointments aren't so painful. This book is so adorable! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The animals are cute and the message is excellent. With colorful graphics and a poetically rhyming flow to the story, this book is bound to engage young readers ages two to four years old.