A Troop is a Group of Monkeys, by Little Bahalia Publishing, is an original singalong story packed with loads of learning for toddlers through early elementary school! The book, written by Julie Hedlund, features delightful illustrations from Pamela Baron, and music by Tim McCanna that is as catchy as ever. The best news is, this is the first in a trilogy. Did you know that a group of monkeys is called a troop, that a group of owls are known as a parliament, and when crocodiles congregate, it is know as a float? Little fingers will adore interacting with the animals seeing them react in surprising and delightful ways, and of course, hearing their calls.
Experiencing this book is reminiscent of my time with my nephew when he was two or three. His fascination with animals enabled him to recite every animal and their baby – a baby kangaroo is a joey, a baby swan is cygnet, and so on. This book concentrates on what groups of animals are called. Not all birds are considered a flock and some of the words are quite obscure. Nevertheless, this information is delightful for children and many grownups will be surprised at the terminology. That said, this book is a great educational tool for teachers as well as parents and will have a long shelf-life as kids will want to it return again and again. The illustrations in conjunction with the engaging interactions and the catchy tune squawk for repeat visits. A Troop is a Group of Monkeys is designed to delight and educate kids 3-8 and amuse all ages.
This story is tied to Common Core standards and includes information for teachers and parents on how to enhance a reader’s comprehension with reading strategies and activity ideas. Stay tuned for the sequel app, about ocean animals coming out in May (“A Shiver of Sharks!”), and the paperback book titled “A Troop is a Group of Monkeys,” featuring a selection of animals from all the apps, is coming out in fall.