Pedro and the Monkey
retold from Filipino folklore by Robert D. San Souci
illustrated by Michael Hays
Morrow Junior Books 1996
"I will arrange for you to marry the daughter of Don Francisco, the rich landowner."
Long ago in the Philippines a poor young farmer named Pedro was plagued by a monkey who stole his corn. He finally succeeded in catching the wily thief: yet when the monkey begged for his release, the kindhearted Pedro set him free.
In return for this generous act, the monkey made him an incredible promise. But Pedro wondered whether a mere monkey–even such a clever one–could fulfill it.
Master storyteller Robert D. San Souci and gifted illustrator Michael Hays combine talents for this rousing Filipino folktale about an act of kindness that has unexpected results. Their spirited retelling will captivate youngsters everywhere.