Monkey: A Trickster Tale from India
Author/Illustrator: Gerald McDermott
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Year: 2011
Brief Summary: The clever monkey tricks the crocodile into giving him rides to the mango trees.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:
- Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2012 ; Bank Street College of Education
- School Library Journal Book Review Stars, April 2011 ; Cahners
- Parents” Choice Award, 2011′ ‘ Recommended’ ‘ Picture Book’ ‘ United States’ ” ‘
Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:
- Discuss trickster tales. What are their characteristics? Read other trickster tales by Gerald McDermott.
- Is there a moral to this story? What did the monkey say to the crocodile at the end? What did he mean?
- If you were the monkey, how would you cross the river? Play a game with the students where they have to cooperate with each other to solve the problem. For example, give teams of students the same objects like a rope, a scooter, a beach towel, etc., and challenge them to get their entire team across the river (the playground or the classroom) without touching the ground or the “water” (unless they want to be eaten by the crock!). Teams who touch the ground by accident must start over. What does this game teach us? Creative problem-solving, teamwork, etc.
Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
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