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by Sanna Stanley

Author: Sanna Stanley
Subcategory: Geography & Cultures
Language: English
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (April 20, 1998)
Pages: 32 pages
Category: For children
Rating: 4.5
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Sanna Stanley (Author, Illustrator). Grade 1-3?A young Congolese girl promises her father to sit still while he preaches during their village Matondo, a celebration of thanksgiving

Sanna Stanley (Author, Illustrator). Grade 1-3?A young Congolese girl promises her father to sit still while he preaches during their village Matondo, a celebration of thanksgiving. This is hard to do, because all the town's animals wander in and out of the open thatch shelter built especially for the service, and Luzolo loves playing with them. However, she behaves herself until a wild monkey disrupts things completely and her parents themselves beg her to stop sitting still and help catch him.

The book effectively humanizes Central Africans without exoticizing them. A Story from a Congolese Village.

Young Luzolo, a Congolese child of about eight years, is a restless girl who is constantly being admonished by the adults around her to sit still. On this day, her father, the pastor of their village is preaching at a Matondo (Thanksgiving celebration). The book effectively humanizes Central Africans without exoticizing them. Western children might find the invasion of animals into a church service remarkable, but the author handles this aspect of the story very effectively, by making this event simply a strong challenge to an otherwise restless child.

Monkey Sunday : Story from a Village in Zaire. I cannot understand how Kirkus has managed yet once more to put down another exquisite book; they are so often wrong I can no longer trust their judgment at all. Sanna Stanley has written a lovely book for children. What a wonderful recall of Matondo and being a child. com User, August 7, 1999. Sanna's story of Luzolo fills one with the need to wiggle around and chase after all of the animals, yet also the tug to prove to her parents that she really can stay still as she promised.

Still, Luzolo resists the temptation to touch and play with them, even when her mother asks her to intervene when animals get into the food. It's not much of a story, and the illustrations do not intensify the drama; they are poorly drawn and composed, with skewed perspectives that are artless. An unusual tale with a small scope, strong on atmosphere, weak in its storytelling and in its illustration. A family in the Congo prepares for a Thanksgiving celebration.

Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, (c)1998. Physical Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. Summary, et. Young Luzolo tries very hard to sit still while her father preaches at the village Matondo, a celebration of thanksgiving, but when a puppy, chickens, pigs, goats, and a monkey show up, it is very difficult. Geographic Name: Congo (Democratic Republic) Fiction. Rubrics: Fathers and daughters Fiction Animals.

Luzolo just can't sit still, especially if there are animals around. Monkey Sunday: A Story from a Congolese Village. 0374350183 (ISBN13: 9780374350185).

MONKEY SUNDAY: A Story From a Congolese Village. Written and illustrated by Sanna Stanley

MONKEY SUNDAY: A Story From a Congolese Village. Written and illustrated by Sanna Stanley. Frances Foster/Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Tata Nkondi, an important elder, is coming to hear him preach at Matondo, a celebration of thanksgiving that takes place in a thatch shelter. It seems as if every animal in the village, from chicks to monkeys, interrupts her father, but Luzolo manages to sit still

It's market day in a Congolese village!

It's market day in a Congolese village! It's market day in Luzolo's village, and she has a five-franc coin to spend. Her parents tell her on market day, "No one gets something for nothing. She must choose wisely, they say, and bargain for a fair price. Then she and her friend Kiese discover that Mama Lusufu has a wild monkey for sale.

Young Luzolo tries very hard to sit still while her father preaches at the village Matondo, a celebration of. .The main idea of this story is to inform the reader about Matondo and why this one Sunday was called Monkey Sunday.

Young Luzolo tries very hard to sit still while her father preaches at the village Matondo, a celebration of thanksgiving, but when a puppy, chickens, pigs, goats, and a monkey show up, it is very difficult. One reason I like this book is that Matondo is an actual event that goes on in the Congo. In the book it tells you about the authors experience about when he went to a celebration and a Monkey was eating a banana on the roof and it was a big uproar.

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"Luzolo's father is the village preacher, and [Luzolo] has promised she will sit still during his sermon because it is a special occasion...It seems as if every animal in the village, from chicks to monkeys, interrupts her father, but Luzolo manages to sit still...Great fun to read aloud."-The New York Times Book Review