PreSchool-Grade 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
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Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books (August 11, 2000)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 10.6 inches