Newsletter, Volume 8, Number 7


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Katherine Jones, author
Grades 2-8, Classroom/library;

This story is about the challenges an American family went through when raising a young spider monkey. He is six months old when he comes into their home. This thinking primate learns from obervation. He is mischievous, manipulative, and can open doors. When Francis reaches puberty, he becomes headstrong, combative and a bully when he can't get his way. He respects physical strength, and to offset that need to be boss, Lewis, his surrogate mother, lifts weights to compete and stay one step ahead of Francis physically. The author also introduces the young readers to how spider monkeys live in the South American rain forests -- their social structure, their communication system, and the warring tactics they use to protect their troupes when threatened.

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Here are few upcoming appearances, speeches or workshops by Carol:

  • October 11, 2003 - Kentucky School Media Conference in Louisville, KY
  • November 4, 2003 - InService Binghamton, NY School Librarians & Teachers in Binghamton, NY
  • February 3 & 4, 2004 - InService and Classroom Demonstrations in Clay County, FL

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October 9-11 2003
"Under Fire: Childhood in the Shadow of War" Sponsored by the Cotsen Children's Library, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University

Speakers will consider the ways in which war informs childhood and children's literature, as well as ways in which children's literature, in turn, informs war.

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