Six Degrees of Monkeys

By Melissa Stewart & Allen Young, Illustrated by Nicole Wong
Charlesbridge Press, $16.95, 32 pages

There is no better way to convince a child to learn something new than to relate it to something they really care about. What most children care about is candy, specifically chocolate. No Monkeys, No Chocolate introduces the interconnectedness of the rainforest by playing a variation of the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game between monkeys and chocolate. With the aid of some wise cracking bookworms the life cycle of the cocoa tree is illustrated in complex detail. Since one of the authors of this children’s book Allen Young is the leading expert on cocoa tree pollination, you can bet it is Biology Textbook accurate. Melissa Stewart is no lightweight either, being the author of more than one hundred and fifty science books for children. Together with illustrator Nicole Young these authors create an engaging ecology book related to the most enjoyable of children’s treats: chocolate.

Reviewed by Rachelle Barrett

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