About this book

Title: Monkey Puzzle
Author: Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
Publisher: Macmillan
Recommended age: 3-8 years

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What is this book great for?

  • Reviewing the jungle animals
  • Learning adjectives
  • Tackling the different types of families
  • Working on family
  • Celebrating Mother’s Day


Little monkey can’t find his mother, but luckily a nice butterfly helps offers some help. However, it will not be easy to identify how the monkey’s mum looks like. The butterfly leads little monkey to an elephant, a snake, a bat, a spider and many jungle animals that are not his mother. Eventually, the little monkey comes up with the right description and they will find mum. Full of rhymes and funny adventure, this book is the right choice to tackle the different kinds of families while reviewing the jungle animals.

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Teaching activities

JUNGLE NUMBERS ABN- The jungle provides a fantastic background to improve numeracy. ABN is one of the greatest methodologies for that purpose. With this set of tropical leaves, students will match quantity with number. A natural way to learn mathematics.
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HELPING THE MONKEY- The little monkey has lost his mum, you will have to help him to reach her through this trace. Fantastic resource to improve fine motor skills and tracing.
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HIDDEN WORD- It is Mother’s Day and Mummy Monkey is so happy. She has many letters around to write her favourite word. Can you guess it?
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BEST MUM- Mum is fantastic, isn’t she? She deserves a very special present and that is why you can download this “Best mum award” to surprise her on this Mother’s Day. Choose your favourite style and colour.
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