The visitors arrive at the Monkey Tribe’s home
A story about kindness and consideration towards newcomers.
for children of 6 to 8 years old Story Number 2 of 2 stories
This story is ideal for children to turn into a play with some guidance from teachers or parents. Read the story to the children first and ask the questions posed at the end. Discuss with the children how they would like to act out the story and go ahead.
The day the two new monkeys came along was a day to remember. All the young monkeys had their ideas about how helpful they were going to be, and how they were going to welcome their new visitors.
When the visitors arrived there was something different about them. They had yellow tails.
The monkeys eyed them up and down.
‘Who ever has a yellow tail?’ they thought . No monkeys had yellow tails in their tribe. They scurried round all checking their own tails. Brown. All Brown. Was there something wrong about the new monkeys? Why were they different? What else was different about them? Did they speak the same way? Did they eat the same food? Did they sleep at night?
The young monkeys were puzzled. They had heard different monkeys jumping around in the trees before, but didn’t notice much about them. Now here were new monkeys who had lost their families and their tribe was being asked to be kind to them and make friends.
One of the clever monkeys thought he would offer them some berries to show that he was friendly.
Shyly the new monkeys ate the berries.
Then the clever monkey made a long chattering sound and the new monkeys answered him with their own slightly different chatter.
The clever monkey showed them his tail; he proudly waved it in front of them.
One of the new monkeys jumped up on to a branch and seemed to fall straight off it. Just in time he curled his tail round the branch and hung downwards on it showing everyone what a clever tail he had too.
The monkeys soon realised that although their new friends looked a little different from them, they still needed kindness and friendship, and in their turn they would be kind and friendly too.
They fitted in very well with the monkey tribe and soon all the monkeys forgot about the differences between them, because those are the things that did not matter. Being kind and friendly and helping each other are what matters most.
What would you call this story?
How did the monkeys feel about having new visitors?
How did the clever monkey make the new monkeys feel at home?
What could the new monkey do with his tail?
Even if monkeys or people are a bit different from us they are just the same inside; everyone – monkeys and people need what?