cover image Where's Chimpy?

Where's Chimpy?

Berniece Rabe. Albert Whitman & Company, $14.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-8075-8928-1

The author of The Balancing Girl has written a story about Misty, a girl who is all ready for bed, but has lost her stuffed chimp. Her father helps her retrace the events of her day, but as they return together to the places she played, Misty finds many toys, but not Chimpy. Finally he is found in the bathroom, half-hidden by a towel, and Misty ecstatically hugs him. A logical, well-thought-out story is enlivened by photos of Misty and her father. That Misty is a Down's syndrome child is of no importance to the plot, only explained in a preface and in the author's note at end. Readers will simply see a beaming child playing, bathing and sleeping, and Misty will endear herself to those engaged in her hunt for Chimpy. Ages 2-7. (August)