JOSEPHINE by Elisabeth Benson
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This is a delightful story throughout about two little American boys, living in Pakistan, who find a baby monkey. Although the monkey causes endless problems to the first owners and all the other owners who follow, the story is amusing and appealing from beginning to end. And the pictures by the author are as appealing as the story, giving a running visual portrayal of the story. This story has an added virtue which is all too often in children's animal stories these days; the character of the animal hero remains true to real life; the child reader is not left with muddled or erroneous impressions of what this animal is really like. The child reading about Josephine should know much more about the psychology and habits of monkeys than he did before. Although listed as a book for children from six to ten years (the second graders could read it to themselves), four and five year olds would undoubetedly enjoy it also.

Pub Date: Sept. 13th, 1962
Publisher: Houghton Miffin