Five Little Monkeys with Nothing to Do

by Eileen Christelow

Paperback, 2000



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HMH Books for Young Readers (2000), 32 pages


A counting book in which one by one the little monkeys jump on the bed only to fall off and bump their heads.

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LibraryThing member SalemSmith
This book would be perfect for small children, probably in primary grades K-2. It could be a read aloud for K and 1, and could probably be an independent read for grade two. I could read this before a school break for the children who are having family come into town and what it takes to prepare
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for them to come. I could open a discussion about having people come over and what they do to prepare for that. I think my audience would enjoy this book because it is about animals, and most kids like books about animals. It could also be relatable for kids because they have been in the same situation as the little monkeys with nothing to do.
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LibraryThing member Leshauck
Great for kids. It teaches them they never have to be bored they can help out around the house. Grades 1-8
LibraryThing member michelleknudsen
A librarian recommended this one for my group-mind essay. The five monkeys act as one throughout. It’s a cute story and I can see how a child would have a lot of fun with the art, since it’s there that the monkeys’ personalities and some of the humor comes across.
LibraryThing member Asandoval
Five Little Monkeys with Nothing to Do by Elieen Christelow is about five little monkeys who are bored out of their mind and say that there is nothing to do. Well there are chores to do, for their grandmother is coming for a visit. This is great book that I love to read over and over again. It’s
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a great little twist to Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. I decided to categorize this book under Supporting the Writing Workshop the author uses great leads throughout the story.
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LibraryThing member kloupe1
This book was great and entertaining. I really liked how in the illustrations how the monkeys were everywhere; I could stare at the pictures for a few minutes! I wouldn't tie this book into any lesson, but I would use this book to read for fun to the children maybe before we do a classroom spring
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cleaning or before tidying up for a special visitor.
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LibraryThing member juliac83
It starts with five monkeys getting ready for bed. Then those naughty little monkeys start jumping on the beds. One by one they all start falling off the bed. Their mama has to call the doctor every time one of them falls off. So finally Mama and the Doctor said “No more monkeys jumping on the
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bed” and they all fell asleep.

I think this is a cute and creative way to show how you can write a basic poem by rhyming. At the younger age poetry can be confusing. This helps break it down in a simpler way.

1. This could be a good introduction to rhyming. They could come up with words that rhyme with a given word.
2. This could also be used to show how naughty behavior can lead to painful outcomes.
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LibraryThing member epoche
it's summer and the five monkeys are bored and there is nothing to do. Mama monkey says there is plenty to do their Grandma is coming over for lunch and the house needs to be cleaned. Mama monkey tells the five monkeys to pick up their room. So the monkeys pick up all the toys and put them in the
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closet and under the bed. Monkeys say they are bored again. So mama tells them to scrub the bathroom. The bathroom gets cleaned but the monkeys are still bored. Mama tells them to bring the rugs outside and beat the dirt out of them. Rugs are done and the monkeys are bored again. Mama tells them to go pick berries by the swamp for her to make dessert. They pick berries until mama yells time to come home. The monkeys run inside and track in mud and berry mess all over the clean house. When they wash their faces the bathroom gets full of all the berry mess. Then they go change clothes and all the toys fall out the closet and all over the floor. The monkeys run outside to greet Grandma and tell her they picked berries and cleaned all day. They all walk in the house and are in shock because the house is so messy. They wonder who messed up the house and mama says "I cant imagine but whoever did has plenty to do now." I think parents can relate to the book. I recommend this book for grades k-3 and for entertainment. This would be a good book to read when discussing helping parents out with chores.
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LibraryThing member kdufrene
This book is about five little monkeys who having nothing to do summer break. The mother monkeys suggests things to do. The first thing that they the mother suggests to do is clean their room. The little monkeys clean their room and quickly say that they are bored again. The mother continuously
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suggests things for them to. (Ex. clean, rugs and bathroom) This book is something great to read because children often say they are bored and need something to do. This teaches them to be productive when they think they have nothing to do.
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LibraryThing member jbarr5
Five Little Monkeys With nothing To Do by Christelow_ Eileen
Cute children's story about 5 monkeys, it's summer and there's nothing to do. Mother has some things for them to do...
their grandmother is coming. Problem is monkeys get into a lot of trouble...
I received this book from National Library
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Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
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LibraryThing member villemezbrown
Mama sets the five little monkeys up for failure when she has them clean the inside of the house before sending them outside to do some very dirty chores. The inevitable ending irked me.




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9.75 x 8 inches


0618040323 / 9780618040322


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