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Okay, I’ll admit it, I chose this topic so I could look at lots of cute monkey pics and memes….and then to share my findings!!!
Look at him!!!!!
I am mad for primates – well, 2 out of three primates anyway. Apes and monkeys are by far my favourite mammals, and if I ever get the chance I would love to spend a year in Borneo working in the Orangutan sanctuary caring for the abandoned and orphaned baby orangutans.
What has any of this got to do with children’s picture books you ask? Nothing! But if there is an easier subject to capture children’s attention (just be quiet dinosaurs) I am yet to find it. Monkeys are cute, naughty, cheeky, interesting, intelligent and so darn cuddly!!! So read a book with your child about monkeys to capture their imaginations.
Monkey Puzzle written by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. This beautiful rhyming story by the fabulous Julia Donaldson would make the most wonderful bedtime read. The way that the story flows like a song is so pleasant and relaxing. Little monkey has lost his mum and butterfly is trying to help him find her. The colourful illustrations are incredibly appealing and the ending offers the perfect opportunity for cuddles.
All monkeys love bananas written by Sean E Avery. This tale of a monkey and a bunny who are tired of eating the same thing everyday is illustrated in an unusual ‘scribbly’ kind of way. It’s a cute quick read with some funny little rhymes that will keep kids entertained. The text is written with lots of different styles that will offer fun opportunities to shout, scream and whisper and make your reading experience that much more fun!
The monkey with a bright blue bottom written by Steve Smallman and Nick Schon. I love reading stories written in the style of a fable and The monkey with a bright blue bottom is no exception. Although not a traditional fable, it certainly sends a message to children and monkeys alike about the proper way to behave around others. When this mischievous monkey discovers a paintbox, he has the brilliant plan to try and make the jungle animals all look a little less dull. As you might guess, the other animals are less than pleased with monkey’s antics. I wonder if monkey will learn his lesson?
Crafty Snacks – Banofee Pie – a favourite of sugared up Monkeys around the world.
A really simply delicious snack that little ones can make with a minimum of help from grown ups is banoffe pie. This tasty treat is so easy and yummy and requires no cooking, no mixing and offers maximum taste!
What you will need:
- 1 banana
- 1 can of Nestle caramel (or simmer a tin of condensed milk for about 4 hours then cool)
- 1 can of whipped cream
- 1 packet of ready made sweet pastry cases
- Place slices of banana in the base of each pastry case.
- Top with caramel.
- Top with whipped cream.
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