This is a lovely story with appealing illustrations about a little girl and her toy monkey who go to see lots of interesting animals. The story includes a rhyme which is repeated as a chorus and there are lots of clues in the illustrations about what the little girl and her monkey will see next. See if you can spot them together!
Share the story
Before reading the story
Pause to talk about the drawings on the title pages – of the little girl putting her tights on.
Read the story aloud emphasising the rhythm as you do, pausing between each page and reading the animal names loudly.
As you read the story again, children can join in with the repeated phrase (monkey and me etc). Pause at the end of each page to see if your child can remember or guess the name of the animal on the next page.
Talk about the book
Talk about the clues in what the little girl is playing on the page before we see each animal.
Talk about anything else your child notices or is interested in, for example the baby kangaroo in the pouch, or the monkey that seems to have come home with them at the end of the book.
Count the animals on the double page spreads.
Watch the author Emily Gravett reading the book aloud