Meet the Howlers!
April Pulley Sayre & Woody Miller
Charlesbridge, 2010 (2010)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
' I'd like you to meet my family. Besides me there's my papa, mama, sister and my little brother. We are howler monkeys and live in the rainforest of Central America, although you can find us in Mexico and South America, too.
because we have incredibly loud calls. Actually only the adult males in the family howl, but you can hear us from a mile away when we really get into howling. Although we live peacefully, when we communicate with our howling we sometimes scare other animals, and the birds tend to fly away when they hear us.
ince it rains nearly every day in the rainforest, we keep our coats pretty clean and don't need to come down out of the trees to take a bath. Once in a while you will catch us grooming each other, picking insects, dirt and leaves out of each other's fur.
ecause of the expressions on our faces, many people think we are unhappy or have an
, but that's not really true. We can't really help it that our lips curve down so it looks like we have a perennial frown.
nlike a lot of other monkeys, we love to eat leaves, flowers and sometimes fruit. We are also part of an extended family and live in groups of ten to twenty other monkeys.
ne thing I should warn you about, though, is we often get excited if a strange animal or human enters our territory. If you get too close, we might well decide to urinate on you or drop fruit, twigs or leaves on you.
hen you read this picture book you'll see where and how my family lives, plus you'll learn much more about us. Perhaps you'll even try to mimic our call - '
' I don't think you'll really be as good at it as we are, nor will you get the volume we can achieve, but you can try!
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