Bring home ‘Jenny the Chimpanzee’


“Today I have a story to tell. A story that I know so very well. The story of how we came to be. Told by no other than “Jenny the Chimpanzee.” That is how the adorable book, Jenny the Chimpanzee” begins. The book was written by Lotus Kay, a 19-year-old with a passion for endangered animals. This book is sweet and wonderfully illustrated by Chey Diehl.


The story is written in rhyme and tells the tale of this little chimpanzee and how the entire world is connected. We’re all part of the circle of life and need to care for and look out for each other, and that definitely includes the animal world.  Jenny is a sweet little chimp that will capture the hearts of those who hear her story.

Chimpanzees and humans are closely related. True, they are smaller, but just looking into their eyes will reveal their emotions. They have thoughts and feelings just like we do.

The book won a Gold Award from Mom’s Choice for one of the best in family-friendly media, products and services.

Eifrig Publishing says their mottos it their mission. “Our books promote social and environmental consciousness and empower children as they grow in their communities.”

After her story ends, there are some quotes from Jane Goodall, probably the person on the planet with the most expertise about chimpanzees. “The greatest danger to our future is apathy.” And she hit the nail on the head with that. We need to work hard to save the endangered species and our beloved chimpanzees, among other animals. When they are gone, they are gone for good, and there is no good in that!

To go along with the book there is a plush Jenny that can be purchased separately. I have no doubt that the combination of the book and the plush will be among favorites for kids and passed down through generations. The plush is soft and huggable and for little kids Jenny makes a great sleeping partner. Just looking at this delightful little innocent face will hopefully encourage people/kids to think about endangered chimpanzees. And maybe the next Jane Goodall will be born from someone who takes Jenny into his or her heart and home.

The book is recommended for ages 4-9. And the plush is for everyone. She sits comfortably on my bed and reminds me that we are all one world.

The 26-page book from Eifrig Publishing retails for $14.99 for the hardcover and $9.99 for the softcover. The plush/book combination sells for $49.95.

To purchase gift sets of the books and companion toys, click here. “Jenny the Chimpanzee” and other Bears for Cares books are also available for sale here.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of all books and toys will be donated to the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots program.

For more about chimpanzees click here.

About the Reviewer

Francine Brokaw writes about products, books, travel, and entertainment. She has been published in national and international newspapers and magazines as well as Internet websites. She has written her own book, Beyond the Red Carpet The World of Entertainment Journalists, from Sourced Media Books, is the entertainment correspondent for Good Day Orange County, and has her own TV show, Beyond the Red Carpet, on Village Television in Orange County. Follow her on Twitter.