Mummy monkey leaves her three baby monkeys in their tree with strict instructions not to go down to the mango tree as there are tigers there. Predictably, the temptation is just too much for her inquisitive youngsters and in no time at all they find themselves narrowly escaping danger.
In a perfect combination of words and pictures Maybe brilliantly captures the feelings of the very young when warned not to do something tempting. This is a lovely story about learning from experience! The illustrations are stunning, and the monkeys are very appealing and so expressive with huge eyes conveying their thoughts and feelings powerfully. A picturebook that is sure to become a firm family favourite.
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Share the story
Before reading the book to your child look through it yourself and think about how you will read it – the more dramatic the better to show the
This is a story you and your child will enjoy sharing again and again. When you read it aloud take your time looking at the illustrations. Your child is likely to spot the tigers lurking in some of the pages, pause to talk about how the monkeys are feeling
When your child is more familiar with the story encourage them to join in with some of the text eg the ‘Maybes’ ‘No tigers here, no tigers there….’ and ‘down, down, down.’
Talk about the book
◼︎Talk about what the monkeys are thinking when their mother tells them not to go down to the mango tree.
◼︎ Find the tigers hiding on each page
◼︎ Share your favourite pages.
◼︎Talk about what might happen when the story ends!
Things to make and do
Play the story
Act out the story with your child one of you being mummy and a tiger and the other one of the baby monkeys or alternatively you could act it out with toys as the monkeys and tigers.
Be a monkey
Find places for your child to (safely) climb or hang upside down like a monkey – for example a playground in a park.
Taste a mango
When you go shopping choose a mango to buy. At home cut it up and eat some together, talking about the taste as you do.
Do some counting
Count how many baby monkeys there are. For children getting more confident with counting you could also count how many legs, tails or eyes they have altogether.
Make a hand or footprint monkey.
Mix paint (finger paint is ideal) and paint your child’s hand or foot. Help them print this onto paper. The print can be the monkey’s body and legs. When dry help your child add a long curly tail and a face – these could be drawn or stuck. For the extra stary eyes – you could use googly eyes if you can get hold of them or stick white paper circles with black circles drawn inside. If you make several you could find a thin branch to stick them on.
Sing a song
Sing a song about monkeys in danger
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