Tuki and Moka A tale of two tamarins

Judy Young

Book - 2013

Like his ancestors before him, ten-year-old Eduardo enjoys going into Ecuador's rain forest to collect Brazil nuts with his father, but when the wild tamarins that always accompany them disappear Eduardo is determined to find them.

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Picture books
Ann Arbor, MI : Sleeping Bear Press [2013]
Main Author
Judy Young (-)
Other Authors
Jim Madsen, 1964- (illustrator)
Item Description
" Tales of the world from Sleeping Bear Press, Ecuador".
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

In this adventurous addition to the Tales of the World series, Young (A Pet for Miss Wright) takes readers to Ecuador, where a boy named Eduardo and his castanero father hunt for Brazil nuts to be sold at market. Eduardo is accompanied by Tuki and Moka, a pair of playful wild tamarins (small monkeys); during their travels, father and son notice several other native animals, including macaws, a tapir, and a large rodent called an agouti. One morning, Eduardo discovers that the macaws' tree has been cut down, the birds likely stolen by animal traffickers; at the market, he learns that the traffickers have also taken the two tamarins, and he attempts a risky rescue. Young includes many details about Eduardo's life in Ecuador, including the reality of animal trafficking, although the dialogue can be overly expository ("Brazil nut trees grow only in the rainforest and there are no roads here," the boy tells his father). Madsen's (Marvin Makes Music) illustrations are well-suited to the drama of the story and its lush setting, his craquelure-textured images glowing with light filtered through the rainforest trees. Ages 6-10. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Review by Horn Book Review

Travelling with his father and his two tamarin friends into the rainforest to gather Brazil nuts, young Eduardo is the hero of this Ecuadorian adventure as he discovers animal traffickers and eventually foils their plot. Realistic details flesh out the captivating setting, as do the colorful illustrations, though their digitally enhanced look is glossy. An author's note discusses animal trafficking and rainforest interdependence. (c) Copyright 2014. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

When animal hijackers capture his favorite tamarins, a young boy living near the Amazon rain forest in Ecuador comes to the rescue in this latest in the Tales of the World series. Traveling by river to their camp in the rain forest, Eduardo and his father earn their living as castaeros, gathering heavy pods from Brazil nut trees and chopping them to collect the nuts. Eduardo has bonded with two playful tamarins called Tuki and Moko and a family of scarlet macaws that nest near the camp. The morning Eduardo and his father return to town with a boatload of nuts, they find the macaws, Tuki and Moko missing. Eduardo's father suspects animal poachers. When Eduardo arrives at the town market, he follows the sound of familiar chattering into a tent where he discovers Tuki, Moko and macaws in cages and must use his wits to free them. With its pedagogical focus, the text touches on Brazil nut harvesting, unique rain-forest animals and rare-animal trafficking, and the author's note elaborates on each. Smooth, photorealistic illustrations appear digitally rendered and effectively capture the drama of the rain forest and its verdant flora and exotic fauna through an arresting use of light, shadow, color and perspective. This animal-poaching tale provides a purposive, engaging-enough introduction to Ecuador's rain forests. (author's note) (Picture book. 7-10)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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