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Monkey for Sale / by Sanna Stanley


Monkey for Sale
Author and Illustrator: Sanna Stanley 
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0-374-35017-5
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level:  3.3

Concepts: markets, prices, barter

Summary: Two girls make a series of trades in order to free a captured monkey. Set in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the story conveys the excitement of Market Day. Luzolo has a five-franc coin to spend. Her parents caution her to choose wisely and bargain for a fair price. When she and Kiese discover that a village woman has captured a wild monkey to sell as a pet, the friends make it their mission to free it.

Source of Summary:
Publisher Weekly Review