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“Grooooaaaawwll,” a horrible roar filled the air. It sounded like the whole jungle was growling. Was it a jaguar coming to eat him?! Manny looked up into the branches. He spotted a dark brown monkey, then another and another. They were all howling at him, but he wasn’t scared anymore. They didn’t look big enough to eat his lunch.

“What’s all the howling about?” he shouted.

The monkeys grew silent. The biggest one climbed down a branch. “We’re howler monkeys,” he said. “It’s what we do.”

“Well it’s no way to welcome a manatee,” Manny complained.

“I’m sorry,” offered the monkey. “We thought you were a crocodile,”

“We’ve never seen a Manatee before,” said another. “What are you doing here?”

“I came to find out why the river is so dirty,” Manny said. “Do you know?”

The monkeys looked at each other. Finally the big one spoke: “Good question.”

“Well, I’m going to find the answer,” said Manny. He continued to swim up river.

“Grooooaaaawwll!” Monkey howls filled the air again.

“Now what are you howling about?” asked Manny.

“We’re howler monkeys,” the big one said. “It’s what we do.”

R - What did Manny spot in the branches?

I - How did Manny feel about his greeting?

C - How does the writer involve the reader in the first paragraph?