First, I thought of the perfect picture book to go with the Wonder. The Wonder mentioned Jane Goodall because of her work with chimpanzees. Earlier this year I read the picture book, Me... Jane by Patrick McDonnell to my class. When we read the book, I remembered thinking this is a great book to encourage readers to Wonder.
The book describes Jane Goodall as a child and all the exploring and wondering Jane did with her stuffed chimpanzee. These adventures are what later led her to do her research with chimpanzees. One page describes some of the wondering and exploring she did, "One day, curious Jane wondered where eggs came from. So she and Jubilee snuck into Grandma Nutt's chicken coop....."
My second connection to the Wonder of the Day was to the "monkeying around" part. As I have mentioned before, as part of being chosen to be part of the Wonder Year Adventure 2012, my family got to go on a WONDERful adventure to Louisville, Kentucky over New Year's. One of our stops on our adventure was to the Louisville Zoo. While at the zoo we got to meet some of their orangutans. One of the orangutans, Bella, enjoyed showing off for us and "monkeying around." Bella had me take everything out of my purse and then pointed to have someone else in our group do the same thing. We were quite entertained by all of Bella's "monkey business."
The video below was recorded by my 10 year old daughter who you can hear and tell laughed throughout Bella's antics.