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Author: Tekavec, Heather
Illustrator: Huyck
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Year Published: 2016
ISBN: 9781771380515
Grades: Grade 4

Manners Are Not For Monkeys

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Canadian author Heather Tekavec humours the reader with this fictional story about how monkeys adopt manners from children.
“Try To Behave Like Monkeys”
Curious monkeys observe children playing in the distance through their bars of the zoo. Mother monkey soon notices there’s something strange about how her little monkeys are conducting themselves. Chewing with their mouths closed, lining up to take turns on the ropes? Mother became concerned that her little monkeys were loosing their monkey-ness. The zoo keeper wonders if he made a mistake moving the monkey cage.
Manners Are Not For Monkeys brings to light that manners are a valuable asset and a lesson is learned by the end of this cleverly written perspective.  Children in elementary grades will enjoy the reversed psychology the author brings to the lesson about manners. The print in this read aloud book may be a little small for younger children. The illustrations foster a relatable visual which evokes emotions and experiences from varying perspectives.

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