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Where's My Mom? Hardcover – March 27, 2008

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PreSchool-Grade 1—When a little monkey loses his mother, a blundering butterfly swoops in to save the day. Monkey describes his mom as "bigger than me," so the butterfly takes him to an elephant. Then monkey describes his mother with a tail that curls around trees, and the butterfly takes him to a snake. With each new descriptor, the butterfly tries another outlandishly wrong animal until the exasperated monkey points out that none of the suggested mothers even looks like him. However, the butterfly has a very good reason for making such a mistake—her babies don't look like her. The bouncy rhyming couplets will charm children, and the butterfly's part can be sung to the tune of "Hush Little Baby." Bold cartoon illustrations on full spreads in bright jungle colors feature a host of expressive insects and creatures. Following a tradition of successful mother-identification stories such as P. D. Eastman's Are You My Mother? (Random, 1960) and Deborah Guarino's Is Your Mama a Llama? (Scholastic, 1989), this story will be entertaining for both groups and one-on-one sharing.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
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The bouncy rhyming couplets will charm children... this story will be entertaining for both groups and one-on-one sharing. -- School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books (March 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803732287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803732285
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.3 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
We are huge fans of Julia Donaldson's books, having been introduced by friends in the UK. And honestly, we can't understand why the US publisher insists on changing Julia Donaldson's titles and text to "American-ize" it. The British versions are far more lyrical and rhythmic. Is "Where's My Mom?" truly a better title than "Monkey Puzzle?" Does the publisher really think we need to translate "Monkey Puzzle" because we won't understand it on this side of the pond?
Room on the Broom, The Gruffalo, Monkey Puzzle and Tiddler ("The Fish Who Cried Wolf" - really? That's a better title??) all have changes to the US text that make them a bit less appealing if you've read the British texts. We love to give these as gifts but prefer to give the British versions.
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This book is fantastic! My son absolutely loves this story and we read it every night before going to bed. The story is about the monkey who loses his mom. His friend, the butterfly, offers to help monkey find his mother. The butterfly asks the monkey to describe his mother and for every description, leads the monkey to an animal-unfortunately not his mother but another animal-the elephant, the spider, the bat, the parrot, the snake, the frog etc...all based on the descriptions the monkey gives. Turns out that he doesnt know monkey's mother looks like monkey, because his own children dont look like him, i.e. caterpillars. The premise of the story is brilliant, analytical and makes complete sense. The illustrations are beautiful and vivid, the text rhymes and is just the right amount each page for my toddler. I truly enjoy reading this book to him just as much as he enjoys going through the search for monkey's mom. This one is a real winner. I am very picky about the books my son reads- I need them to be interesting, fun, educational, well-illustrated and just long enough to keep his attention. This one meets all those criteria.
I actually think this one is better than The Gruffalo, the other book written by this author that won the Smarties award.
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I love Julia Donaldson's books. So far we have "Room on the broom", "The Gruffalo", "The Gruffalo's child" and "The Whale and the snail".
My 3 and half daughter likes this one as well. Very nice pictures (I expected them!). It is very easy to follow for my daughter and it is a cute story. Summing up, the book is about a monkey who lost her mom and a butterfly who helps find the monkey's mom based on how the little monkey describes her. I used it to make my little one describe me (her mom), her dad, her best friend,etc . I think it could be more interesting for young children (3-5) than older kids (5 up).
I think this book is more "similar" to "Room on the broom", "The Gruffalo", "The Gruffalo's child" because you have more "repetitions" and it rhymes. It is definitely less wordy than ""The Whale and the snail".

My favorite remain "Room on the Broom" and "The Gruffalo" though... :-)
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Love this book! My 4 year old is always asking to read, Where's my Mom?" The illustrations are fun and bright, and the book rhymes. We bought this after reading over and over and exhausting, "The Gruffalo and the Gruffalo's child." She still loves those stories, but I needed a change. I trust Julia Donaldson's children's books, and will continue to collect all her books.
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I was glad to be able to get the British version of the book "Monkey Puzzle" on Amazon from a 3rd party seller for $8.10 shipped. I had already borrowed the US version from the library: "Where's my Mom?" There seems to be fewer language differences in this book, compared to other Julia Donaldson books. I think it is just the title and the use of "Mum" instead of "Mom" that is different. (I don't have a copy of 'Where's My Mom'? to compare.) Seeing as "Mum" and "come" rhyme and "Mom" and "come" really don't, I think it is worth having the British version. (Plus I'm a British expat and I like my kids to call me "Mum".)

My 2 year old enjoys the story. My 6 and 8 year olds will listen to it too, but it's better for younger kids. Although I don't think my 2 year old understands the 'punch line' that the butterfly can't find the monkey's Mum, because her own babies don't look like her. He does enjoy saying "No, no, no, that's a elephant!!!" etc on each page. For older kids, my favourite Julia Donaldson book is "The Snail and the Whale". (My 2 year old also likes that one too, but Monkey Puzzle makes a quicker naptime read.)
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We have a full collection of Julia Donaldson books and every new one is added to the collection - and even though my son sort of have outgrown some of these they are still old time favorites which are brought out time and time again and he often reads them himself now that he no longer needs to have them read out to him - a truly great book
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Butterfly is helping monkey find his mother, only monkey is not very good with describing his mother to butterfly. It’s like playing twenty questions with butterfly. Butterfly begins by asking monkey a short questioning rhythm before they head off to look for his mother. After they arrive at their destination, the mother animal is in their sight, monkey responds with another rhythm describing the animal that butterfly took him to. Butterfly did take monkey to the correct describing word that monkey stated, only monkey should have explained his mother more thoroughly for butterfly to find monkey’s mother. For example: Monkey says his mother is bigger than him, so butterfly takes him to mother elephant. Monkey says no, that’s an elephant. My mom’s not gray, doesn’t have tusks or a trunk. She doesn’t have baggy knees BUT her tail does coil around trees. So now, butterfly has another clue, coils and now butterfly takes them to another mother animal that coils. Their adventure continues in this same format throughout the book, which I believe is wonderful as it builds on the animals traits. This makes children think about animals that “coil” – what animal could be next? I love that monkey talks about each of the animals traits and describes them too. The proportions within the illustrations are correct and I love the bright colorful pages. Butterfly himself is a funny looking character as his body is a butterfly yet his face is human with antennas. I really enjoyed this fun children’s book and I think I will share it with classes with school resumes in the fall.
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