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Monkey & Robot

Last updated Thursday, January 30, 2014

Author: Peter Catalanotto
Date of Publication: 2013
ISBN: 144242978X
Grade Level: 3rd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Feb. 2014

Synopsis: Monkey and Robot are friendsthe best kind. They simply belong together, and it never matters that silly Monkey is furry, or that kind Robot can rust. What matters is their sharing: movies and popcorn, games of hide-and-seek, a fish tank fora hippopotamus? Joining the ranks of such noteworthy pairs as Bert and Ernie, Frog and Toad, and Henry and Mudge, Monkey and Robot celebrate their friendship in this chapter book of four charming tales that are ideal for young readers.

Note to readers:
•  There are 4 short stories in this book. You may want to read the inside cover and the first story, then select which other stories to read in the order you choose. You could also read the titles and ask the kids which story to read next.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Ask the question on the back cover, "What do a dog, a board game, and a bowl full of popcorn have in common?"
•  Do you think a monkey & a robot could be friends?

•  shriek - to cry out in a high-pitched voice
•  dice - plural
•  die - singular

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Do you have a best friend?
•  What games do you like to play with your friends?
•  Do you like to watch movies with your friends? Do you like scary movies?
•  How does Robot help Monkey when he is scared?
•  Do you think Monkey & Robot are very similar or very different?
•  Do you think your best friend is similar or different from you?
•  Do you think it's ok to have friends who are very different from you?

Craft ideas:
•  Make monkey & robot masks.
•  Make monkey & robot finger puppets. For the robot, cut small pieces of cardboard or thick paper into square & rectangular shapes. Wrap foil around the shapes and paste together. Cut holes for two fingers.
•  Make a monkey. Cut long strips of paper for the arms, legs and tail & fold like an accordion. Cut out shapes for the head, body, hands & feet and attach all together.

Special activities:
•  During the story of the game with the die, have the kids write down each number and add them. Do the numbers really add up to 50?

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!