- Tuki & Moka: A Tale of Two Tamarins published by Sleeping Bear Press
- Written by: Judy Young
- Illustrated by: Jim Madsen
- We recommend this book for kids ages 6 and up
What It Is
Young Eduardo and his family live in a small town in Ecuador not far from the Amazon rainforest. Eduardo and his father travel by river to the rainforest to gather Brazil nuts, which has been their family's business for generations. Eduardo and his father appreciate the rainforest's exotic birds and animals, including two playful tamarins they've named Tuki and Moka. However, Eduardo soon learns that not all visitors to the rainforest respect the animals as he does. In the town market, he discovers cages filled with macaws and tamarins ready to be transported for sale by animal traffickers. He alerts his father and the two take action.
Is It Fun?
This book is a very engaging story with brilliant illustrations. And, it's a wonderful learning experience for the home or classroom. It's fun for children to read stories about how other children live in different parts of the world, and it's also interesting to learn about larger issues affecting the culture-in this case illegal animal trafficking.
Who It’s For
Tuki and Moka is available in hardcover and e-book and perfect for ages 6 and up.
What To Be Aware Of
Tuki and Moka is part of Sleeping Bear Press' Tales of the World series of books that bring cultures from around the world to young readers from ancient Japan to contemporary Ireland.