A train wreck allowed the monkeys to escape from the circus. About Summer of the Monkeys From the author of the beloved classic Where the Red Fern Grows comes a timeless adventure about a boy who discovers a tree full of monkeys. Jay lives on a farm and has a dog named Rowdy. I thought that odd since they were normally a couple thousand each. Jay told his family about the monkey. His Grandpa owns a store in Cherokee Ozark.
It was the kind that makes your heart swell with happiness and your throat constrict till you think you may be in need of a tissue. I am kind of sad that I just finished reading this book to my youngest child. Jay Berry helps his family run their farm and he tries to earn enough money to but a pony and a gun. Jay I believe , and his crippled sister, and his faithful dog, his endearing grandpa, and the bottoms full of monkeys! Yes my sweet oldest son loved making fun of me! He even learned a little about growing up. Hands down, this is one of the best books I've ever read.
I highly recommend this book to people that like adventures and exciting books. A young poor boy with a crippled little sister gets an opportunity to make things better when a group of monkeys escapes a circus wagon accident and he can make money by capturing them again. How in the world was I a school librarian for so many years without reading this book. I can be happy rereading his books throughout my life though. I've never understood why that book is so much better known than — I much prefer stories where the dog doesn't die — but there's no accounting for popular taste. These issues didn't bother me though.
His grandpa tells Jay Berry about the reward from the circus for whoever catches the monkeys. And last but not least, there are monkeys. The monkeys had escaped from a traveling circus, and there was a handsome reward in store for anyone who could catch them. Wilson Rawls was born on September 24, 1913, in the Ozark country of Scraper, Oklahoma. When Jay Berry is a newborn his parents inherit sixty acres of farmland in Oklahoma from Jay Berry's maternal grandfather. Now this is a classic! I felt everyone's emotions at the end, I dare you not to feel them, too. I didnt realize this book would become one of my favorites! His family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1935, and he came home each fall to work and hunt.
One day, a circus train derails near the Lee farm; one car bursts open allowing twenty-nine circus monkeys to escape. This book will make an excellent read aloud with children at about the age of 8 or 9, when they are starting to have hopes and dreams and are able to do things on their own. This book takes place in the 1800's rural Oklahoma. Just a wonderful, wonderful book. And by the end of the summer, he has not only learned a great deal about monkeys, but his learned a great lesson about life too. Young, Old, Middle Aged, read it.
So as I read Summer of the Monkeys again I not only loved reading and remembering my own first experience, but I absolutely absorbed the reactions of my 10-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son with intense satisfaction as they laughed at all the right places, dropped their mouths in surprise at all the right places, threw their hands up in frustration at all the right places and … well, did they cry at the place where I did as a kid? The monkeys seem to be able to outwit him at every turn, that is until the night of the big storm. Jay Berry's grandfather presents him with another present - a pony. He traded goods for sixty acres of land and then gave the land to his daughter. His determination and will to go on really enhances the conflict of this story, as well as making a bigger connection between him and the readers. The first change you see is that of a leader.
For while I actually do agree that the reward money Jay receives for capturing the escaped monkeys should be spent on Daisy's operation, frankly, I also think that it would have been far better for the grandfather to have simply told Jake this in no uncertain terms rathern than to use the subterfuge of the injured pony to guilt his grandson into giving his reward to the family. He finds help primarily from Grandpa and support from Papa, who is busy farming all day. Jay Berry is more than determined to catch the monkeys and it seems after each failure, it gives him a bigger motive to catch the monkeys. His adventures are hilarious as he goes about trying to catch these monkeys. And this comment comes from me, a person not interested in animal stories! This will be one of my strongest recommendations to the 4th graders I share books with every month.
Jay Berry decides to use the reward money that he got to help pay for the surgery that his little sister Daisy needs to fix her twisted leg. The young boy and his dog is in for some laughter and serious life lessons when the monkeys outsmart them on a daily basis. I enjoyed reading the book again. I'm so sad that Mr. Not quite sure what to believe Jay Berry goes along with her, just in case The Old Man is real.