According to LC, this tale originated in Africa with the Mpongwe people. When King Gorilla Finds a barrel of vinegar, he...

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PRINCESS GORILLA AND A NEW KIND OF WATER

According to LC, this tale originated in Africa with the Mpongwe people. When King Gorilla Finds a barrel of vinegar, he decides that his daughter will marry whatever animal can drink it. Several, from elephant to warthog, fail; by pretending to be just one monkey and each taking a sip, a crowd of Talapoin monkeys succeeds, but is disqualified for cheating and banished to the treetops forever. Fortunately, now that the barrel is empty, Princess Gorilla is free to marry her original choice, a young male gorilla who plays tag with her--and loves her. Embellished with engaging animal noises and dialogue that varies entertainingly as each animal takes its turn, this funny-wise story should make good telling. Chess's crisp, satirical illustrations are bright with jungle green and pleasingly flamed in patterned borders; though detailed and only about 5"" x 6"", they are clear enough to use in small groups.

Pub Date: March 1, 1988

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Dial

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 1988