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Five Little Monkeys With Nothing to Do

Christelow, Eileen (Author/Illustrator)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2000. 36 pages
First published: 1991
ISBN: 9780618040322 (paperback)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, recurring patterns, setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

One of a series about a family of spirited little monkeys, this lighthearted tale is built around the oft-heard children’s remark “We’re bored. There is nothing to do.” Mama announces that Grandma Bessie is coming for lunch and assigns her five little monkeys a stack of chores to prepare for her arrival: tidying their room, sweeping floors, scrubbing the bathroom, etc. The well-meaning monkeys get to work, but in a comical twist, the house ends up looking worse than when they began.

The story is told through sparse prose, which includes repeated lines such as Mama’s “Good job!” before her comeback about having even more to do. Full-page gouache, pen and ink illustrations depicting the monkeys hard at work scrubbing, cleaning and sweeping, accentuate the hilarity of the final scene in which Mama, Grandma Bessie, and the five neat and tidy children are all standing in the middle of a messy, dirty house.

Kids (and parents!) will easily relate to the household chores and chaos of this lively bunch.

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    Choral read the repetitive parts of the story.

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    Make a list of things you can do at home when you are feeling bored.

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    With a friend, create a book about the five little monkeys doing other chores around the house. 

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    Choral read the repetitive parts of the story.

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    Using vocabulary from the story, act out cleaning up your classroom.

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    Make a timeline to sequence the events in the story using either pictures or words. Use connecting words if possible.

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