Baseball_coverMonkeys and Crocodiles Play Baseball, Angel Krishna, Global Publishing Group, 2015.

This is a fun, little book for children about a group of monkeys who are playing baseball. It’s what they do every Sunday afternoon. But one Sunday there were no coconuts to be found. They couldn’t play baseball without a coconut to use as their ball.

The only solution to their dilemma is to go to the other side of the island to get more coconuts, which means crossing the river. But they cannot cross the river with help from the crocodiles. The crocodiles see the monkeys coming and know that they are going to ask for help to get across the river.

When asked, the crocodiles refuse to help. Confused, the monkeys inquire why. The crocodiles explain that they help the monkeys, but they are never invited to play baseball with the monkeys. The monkeys are apologetic and ask the crocodiles to play baseball with them.

The message of the book can be summed up by this one line:

“The Crocs and Monkeys realized that they should have talked about their feelings a lot sooner.”

It’s a great way to have a conversation with your child about communicating feelings. The monkeys never asked the crocodiles to play, and they wouldn’t have found out if the crocodiles hadn’t explained it to them. But when they did, reconciliation was possible, and everyone got to play baseball!

Not a bad lesson for us adults either.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital review copy.