2.18.2011

Cha-Cha Chimps


By Julia Durango


Illustrated by Eleanor Taylor

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 2006

An ILLINOIS READS 2014 selection!


Counting and dancing go hand in hand at Mambo Jamba's, the place where hippos hokey-pokey and meerkats Macarena and ten little chimps do the cha-cha-cha...until Mama Chimp says, "Time for bed!"


“Durango's dancing rhyme is infectious.” – Kirkus Reviews


“Don't expect kids to sit still for this; they'll be groovin' to the catchy rhyme and movin' to their own cheerful beat.” - Booklist

  • Georgia Children's Picture Book Award Nominee
  • Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award Master List
  • Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award Nominee
  • Volunteer State Book Award Nominee
  • Minnesota State University Read Aloud Book Award

Teacher Guide by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer



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