Little Larry is a young orphaned chimpanzee who doesn't know much about being a chimp. He has to go to his first day at the forest school to learn what chimp life is all about. Nestled in a primate sanctuary in Cameroon, Little Larry and his group of chimp friends go to the school each day to learn how to play, communicate, and climb like they would if they were chimps in the wild. He explores the cacao tree grove and befriends other orphaned chimps. His new friends are quick to practice swinging, jumping and climbing in the trees. The only trouble is, Little Larry doesn't want to learn how to climb. He's perfectly happy on the ground. While he occupies himself exploring the forest floor, finding mushrooms and investigating millipedes his buddies are swinging overhead.
How will Little Larry find the confidence he needs to learn how to climb? With the teasing help of his friend Daphne and encouragement from the other young chimps Larry slowly conquers his fear of heights to ascend into the canopy! This sweet story by Gerry Ellis is featured in a National Geographic Kids book that has won rave reviews.