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Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
Written and illustrated by Eileen Christelow
Clarion Books, 1989. The cover ilustration for the board book has a 2004 copyright
Suitable for: Ages 3 to 6
Theme/Topic: Bedtime, Counting
Opening: It was bedtime. So five little monkeys took a bath.
Brief Synopsis: Five little monkeys get ready for bed followed by jumping and injuries. No one listens to mama or the doctor.
On the author's page about the story, she relates how she adapted "the old finger play and jump rope rhyme" Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed into this picture book. She also notes: "There are many rhymes and finger plays in the public domain that authors and illustrators adapt into picture books."
Link to resources: Author and Illustrator Eileen Christelow has a Classroom Connections page on her website. For the Five Little Monkeys series there are math, writing, compare and contrast, repetition and prediction and more exercises. There is also a page with more details about the story —where the author got the idea and other information.
Why I chose this book: It's one of the many books Enzo received for Christmas. With so many to choose from, I decided to feature this one since Enzo fell while Facetiming (video chatting) with his grandparents and "bumped his head."He's fine and jumped in my lap with this book in his hands. This is a fun story with lively illustrations.
I could spend all day at her website, too. Among her many fiction and non-fiction titles are: What Do Authors Do? and What Do Illustrators Do?
She also has an interactive feature on the website called How Do You Illustrate? It shows the tools and techniques used to illustrate her books.