• Title: Pedro and the Monkey
  • Author: Robert D. San Souci, Michael Hays
  • Released: 1996-08-01
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 0
  • ISBN: 068813744X
  • ISBN13: 978-0688137441
  • ASIN: 068813744X
From School Library Journal Kindergarten-Grade 3?In this Filipino variant of "Puss in Boots," Pedro, a poor farmer, is rewarded for his kindness when he shows mercy to a monkey caught stealing his corn. The wily monkey convinces Don Francisco, a wealthy landowner, to allow Pedro to court his daughter. The young farmer then helps the monkey imprison Burincantada, a monstrous giant who acquired his luxurious estate when he ate the original owners. Pedro wins Maria's heart and hand, and the monkey spends his days happily advising the couple and Don Francisco. In a carefully composed source note, San Souci states that his retelling is a composite of four variants with additional details supplied through his research. The narrative is vivid, expressive, and fun to read aloud, especially when the monkey spins his stories. Hays's acrylic on linen illustrations amplify the story, and the fabric texture adds dimension to the paintings. The artist employs cool pastels and pale golds that are as refreshing as a cold drink on a hot day, and his use of light enhances the paintings, which are as expressive as the text they illustrate. A successful and appealing collaboration.?Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Ages 6^-9. San Souci serves up a carefully researched Filipino version of the classic "Puss-in-Boots" story. In this incarnation the sly boots, however, is not a cat but a monkey. Otherwise the tale is pretty much the familiar one. Pedro is a poor young farmer who, finally snaring a monkey that has been stealing his corn, demonstrates his kind heart by setting the thief free. In exchange, the wily monkey helps the farmer win the heart--and hand--of Maria, the daughter of wealthy landowner Don Francisco. Happy endings all around. Hays' acrylic-on-linen pictures have a painterly quality that, along with the book's beautiful design, adds to San Souci's sober and straightforward retelling. An appended author's note offers interesting insight into textual variants of this standard tale. Michael Cart --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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