THE MONKEY AND THE WILD WILD WIND by Ryerson Johnson

THE MONKEY AND THE WILD WILD WIND

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A lion, a bird, a crocodile, a giraffe, a snake and an elephant all find themselves together in a dark cave as they seek refuge from the wild wind. They are intolerant of the differences they notice in each other and refuse to be friends. Suddenly a cheerful monkey joins the menagerie and by playing tricks forces the group into their first united act, chasing him around the cave. Before they realize it, they are all playfully building a coconut fort and enjoying the fun. But their friendship is put to a real test when the wind begins to rage again and the monkey is stranded outside the cave. The animal chain they build based on the strong characteristics of each member is symbolic of a new viewpoint and results in rescuing their friend. The author employs classic repetitiousness quite effectively at the outset, but it drags toward the end. This is a minor flaw in the face of overall appeal. Unique crayon and pencil renditions by Lois Lignell.

Pub Date: Oct. 9th, 1961
Publisher: Abelard-Schuman