No Monkeys, No Chocolate

By STEWART, Melissa & Allen Young

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ISBN
978-1-58089-287-2
Publisher
Charlesbridge


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on September 1, 2013  |  Nonfiction

Gr 4–6—Chocolate and monkeys may seem worlds apart, but as Stewart and Young point out in their clear text, it takes monkeys (and other critters) to scatter the cocoa beans (seeds) throughout the rain forest. Munching on the soft, tasty pulp lining the pods as they travel through the trees, the monkeys discard the not-so-tasty beans, scattering them indiscriminately. In a format slightly reminiscent of the old "This Is the House That Jack Built," the authors present a simply written look at a c...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on August 1, 2013

Starting with the finished products (cake! candy bars! hot fudge sundaes!) and working backward, Stewart and Young explain where chocolate comes from. The expository text begins with cocoa beans, which are dried and processed by humans, then the story moves back to cocoa pods, which come from cocoa flowers pollinated by midges, going all the way back to...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on June 1, 2013

Melissa Stewart and scientist Allen Young demonstrate the interdependence of species by naming and describing rainforest organisms essential to growing cocoa beans. The ultimate step explains how monkeys help make chocolate: “Cocoa pods never fall off of cocoa trees. If monkeys and a few other animals didn’t scatter cocoa beans on t...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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