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Summary: With school out for the summer, five little monkeys are BORED! Mama enlists their help in preparing for Grandma Bessie's visit. They tackle every task…and ultimately undo their fine work, just as Grandma Bessie arrives. Five little monkeys thought of Mama's boredom busters as one-time projects. They quickly learned that being responsible for something lasts much longer!
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 5; read yourself: 4 to 6
Interest Level: 2 to 5
Reading Level: 2.1
Age of Child: Started reading with a child nearly 2 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: After three reads, we started getting a nightly request for "Grandma Bessie" and periodically hear "Oh yes there is" when s/he's talking to the toys.
Adult Reader Reaction: A cute story. The prose is sparse--but effective--and the illustrations are SO expressive. This is a fun read, even after several weeks of nightly reads.
Pros: The illustrations are fun and engaging…the expressions and body mannerisms are great. The story moves along, with the illustrations carrying the load of the activities.
Cons: For the younger reader, you may need to add a little narrative to get across the ideas of how you clean a bathroom, as well as point out how the good works are undone by muddy feet & hands!
Borrow or Buy: Borrow it first to see how fun/funny you think it is. It's a high-demand book now, but could easily be replaced by another story full of animal antics.
Educational Themes: This is a fun way to introduce the idea of chores (the monkeys make it look like fun). For the person who does the cleaning, it's a great way to show how 'cleaned up' goes to 'messed up' in such a hurry.