Author and Illustrator: Helen H. Wu
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About the book...
Monkey Mama swoops Marcus Monkey up into his highchair and offers him a healthy, scrumptious lunch. But sometimes what adults think is sumptuous is not so for little ones. Marcus quickly gets down out of chair and zooms out the door...he definitely has other plans in mind.
His first stop is to his friend Pauley Pony. He asks her if she wants to play but Pauley is just about to begin her lunch. She offers Marcus some of her yummy straw to munch on but he declines. It looks dry and extremely unappealing to the little monkey. Marcus then runs off to meet Sammy Squirrel, maybe he will play ... no he too is having his lunch, consisting of acorns. Surely Peter Panda is available...but no...he too is focused on his lunch of bamboo. Both offer to share with him but their food is unappetizing and unfamiliar to Marcus. Oh my! Best he flee from them too.
He charges off to Mother Hen's coop where she is just about to feed her brood some wiggly, squiggly, fresh out of the garden, worms. Marcus is mortified and makes a bee-line out there quickly right into a swarm of bees. Memories of sweet honey flood his mind. The bees offer him not honey, but some nectar to enjoy. All of a sudden Marcus starts to sneeze and have a reaction because his allergies. They kick in from sniffing all of the bee pollen.
While wheezing and coughing he runs back to his home and to his yummy lunch. Will he be satisfied and thankful for his own food that his mother so lovingly prepared for him now? Will Mother Monkey scold him for being naughty and for running away from her? Did he learn a valuable lesson about being grateful for his own food and being obedient to his mother that day? I am sure you will agree with his decision, one that will put a big smile on his mother's face and his too, and of course a hug seals the deal.
The illustrations are engaging and expressive, greatly enriching the text. This would be a wonderful read aloud for very young children and a dialogue opener for the best foods to put into your body to make you strong and healthy.