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Monkey See, Monkey Draw by Alex Beard

Monkey See, Monkey Draw

by Alex Beard (Author)

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Title:Monkey See, Monkey Draw
Authors:Alex Beard (Author)
Info:Abrams Books for Young Readers
Collections:Fiction, Picture Books
Tags:Humor, Art, Animals, Fears

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Monkey See, Monkey Draw by Alex Beard



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Colorful and playful. The illustrations are much better than the story. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
Monkeys and their elephant friend enjoy competing while playing with a nut. After discovering how to make art with wet mud, they learn that not everything in life needs to be competitive. Art is something to enjoy and express yourself.This book would work well to introduce an art lesson using body parts as a basic shape. ( )
  coachncheern | Jun 5, 2012 |
New Orleans artist, Alex Beard, creates monkeys using his finger print as the body. The monkeys love games. They learn to paint and invent a new game monkey see monkey draw. Soon they are all arguing over who is the best artist. This is a good book about creativity and cooperation. This book could be paired with Ed Emberley's books. Using an idea stolen from another teacher a might be to use student's fingerprint to create a self-portrait. ( )
  rwilliamson | Jun 1, 2012 |
The surface story of monkeys playing games with a nut from a baobob tree and being afraid to retrieve it when it rolls into a cave goes oh-so-much deeper. It's a story about the joys of play; it's a story about art and creating art for art's sake, not for competing to see whose art is best--which makes readers think about the dangers of competition. It's a story about bonding, and it's a story of the fear of the unknown. Beard, who has his studio in New Orleans, used his own and his child's fingerprints, handprints, and footprints to create the art. All the more lovely that his own process echoes the very message of the book. ( )
  pataustin | Sep 5, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0810989700, Hardcover)

The monkeys that live at the foot of the Mbuno Hills in Africa love to play games. One day while playing Elephant in the Middle with their large friend, their ball, a nut from an ancient baobab tree, rolls into a cave where the troop of monkeys never go. It is dark inside and possibly filled with horrible beasts! When they venture in, they discover instead that the walls are covered with paintings of animals. Elephant shows the monkeys how they too can create artwork using their hands and feet as “stamps” and mud as their medium. But things are never quite as easy as they seem.


Artist Alex Beard brings his love of exploration and painting to life with his signature animals in this charming tale about creativity and overcoming fears.

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Elephant leads a troupe of monkeys into a cave they have been afraid to explore, and after admiring the paintings found on the walls they make their own art with mud, squabbling over whose painting is best until Elephant explains that this is not a game to win or lose.… (more)

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