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review 2018-05-08 02:06
Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed - Eileen Christelow
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A very nice extension of the Five Little Monkeys series that is sure to hit home with any book-lover. In this one, the monkeys stay up past their bedtime enjoying various books, from the sad to the scary to the funny.

A very cute book. I do prefer the Five Little Monkeys books that incorporate counting, but this is still a very nice book. I love the rhyming. It makes for a very soothing read.

Fun and engaging, I really enjoyed the incorporation of speech bubbles. It is a great way to make reading more fun for beginning readers.

Great book for the young book-lover in your life.
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review 2017-11-24 21:23
Caps For Sale and the Mindful Monkeys
Caps for Sale and the Mindful Monkeys - Esphyr Slobodkina,Ann Marie Mulhearn Sayer,Esphyr Slobodkina
If you loved Caps For Sale, you will love this new addition to the original. I think I love this new novel better than the original. The monkey’s in this new novel remind me of the elves in the Shoemaker and the Elves. They help the peddler tremendously and he realizes that they are not pesky monkeys but instead they are mindful monkeys.
He shakes his finger at them, “You monkeys, you” and the monkeys only shake their fingers right back at him and reply, “Tsz, tsz, tsz!” Don’t you just love this? I smile every time I read this. Then, looking at the illustration, I see the smiling monkeys, the peddler with his mustache, and I know that one party wants to play and the other one has work to do.
There are sixteen monkeys now and they have been following the peddler for two days. The peddler is going to visit his friend Essie as she will know what to do about the monkeys. Guess who follows the peddler to Essie’s? Yes, the monkeys! Essie has some good advice but it’s not exactly what the peddler wanted to hear but nevertheless he returns home with the monkey’s trailing behind him. He follows Essie’s advice and unexpectedly, he has to leave town as one of his friends is sick. He is gone many days and the monkey’s wait in the tree, for his return. These are mindful monkeys and soon they band together and decide to help the peddler. When the peddler arrives home, overcome with worry and discomfort, the peddler is surprised at the monkeys in his tree. His friend Essie was right and the ending to this novel was wonderful. The pictures were great and they follow the same template as Caps For Sale. Another fantastic children’s novel!


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review 2017-02-05 16:42
CURIOUS GEORGE CECILY G AND 9 MONKEYS CL - H. A. Rey, Louise Borden (Afterword), Louise W Borden (Afterword)
  Cecily Giraffe is alone and George and his family are homeless. They meet and play. Cecily has an idea that George and his family can live with her.

It's a cute story full of whimsy . This is the first story where Curious George appears before he goes off on his own. It's a good story to teach children about pretend and working together to help each other.

At the end of the book is a short biography of the author and his wife. I enjoyed that more. It helps children to learn more of the world and the past.

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review 2016-11-11 21:31
5 Little Monkeys
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed - Eileen Christelow

In this book, it talks about monkeys jumping on a bed, one falls off each time and bumps their head. In my classroom I would want to read this book to my students and incorporate a math lesson with it. Each time a monkey fell off the bed we would stop and count the Monkeys. As a class we would also talk about subtraction and how the monkeys are being subtracted each time someone falls off. The students could then go back to their seats and I would have simple practice subtraction problems for them to do. I would not use numbers, but monkeys to help relate the text to better understand subtraction.


Intended Audience/Grade Level: Kindergarten-First Grade.

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review 2016-10-27 20:03
Naughty Little Monkeys - Jim Aylesworth,Henry Cole

Naughty Little Monkeys is a great way to incorporate behavior and the ABCs in one lesson for your lower grade levels. This is definitely a book I would use in kindergarten and 1st grade. I would read it to them during the first day of school and have them point out what is wrong with the behavior from the monkeys. I would then pass out a work sheet and ask them to underline the beginning letter (ABCs) of each wrong behavior. That way I could assess each student and see what letters, if any, that they know. This would be a good transition book to teach the classroom/school rules. 

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