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Summary: Monkey and Rabbit are friends, and they like to tell stories to each other. There's just one problem they each have a bad habit that drives the other crazy. Monkey has a bad habit of scratching all the time and Rabbit has the habit of sniffing and twitching all the time. Out of frustration, they challenge each other to stop their bad habit for one day. Can they do it? This folktale like story is told in both Chinese and English. A CD with both versions is also included.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 6; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 1 to 7
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a classic folktale: accepting others for who they are. I thought I knew the story, but this one has a twist I didn't see coming. The illustrations are bright and fun, adding a lot to the story. What particularly struck me was the repetition of key phrases that make this a refreshing choice for developing readers (second grade).
Pros: Bright, humorous illustrations and a classic story combine in a book sure to get kids laughing ... and thinking.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a fable with a lesson that kids will need to hear - and mean something different - at different ages.
Educational Themes: The obvious lesson in this story is accepting others for who they are (habits and all). You could stretch it to take the opportunity to talk about ways to express that something annoys you (without shouting). There is a CD that comes with the book allowing kids to follow along with the text in both Chinese and English.
Notes: The author donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.