Little Larry Goes to School (Hardcover)
National Geographic Children's Books, 9781426333163, 32pp.
Publication Date: February 26, 2019
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Library Binding (2/26/2019)
Little Larry is an orphaned chimpanzee who doesn't know much about being a chimp. He has to go to his first day at the forest school to learn what chimp life is all about. Nestled in a primate sanctuary in Cameroon, Little Larry and his group of chimp friends go to the school each day to learn how to play, communicate, and climb like they would if they were chimps in the wild. The only trouble is, Little Larry doesn't want to learn how to climb. He's perfectly happy on the ground. Will the sanctuary keepers and other chimpanzees be able to teach Little Larry how to climb so he can graduate from forest school?
This sweet story, with its beautiful photographs, explores the challenges of going to school, learning, and gaining confidence in yourself. This is a perfect read-aloud tale for children reluctant to try new things, preparing to enter kindergarten, or starting preschool for the very first time.
About the Author
MARY RAND HESS is a poet, mixed-media artist, screenwriter, and New York Times bestselling author of Solo, Swing, and Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures, all coauthored with Kwame Alexander. She currently lives in California with her husband, sons, and two quirky dogs, where she is hard at work on a few books and screenplays.
Praise For Little Larry Goes to School…
"This dynamic design combines multicolor pages with expressive photography that will inform readers about chimpanzees living in sanctuaries and the role of human caregivers. The book contains a map indicating the location of the sanctuary and facts about chimps’ facial expressions and sounds. VERDICT: Though there are numerous titles on chimps for this age group, this heartwarming, child-friendly true story distinguishes itself from the rest." -- School Library Journal