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Five Minutes' Peace (Norsulan perhe)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  770 ratings  ·  110 reviews
All Mrs. Large wants is five minutes' peace from her energetic children, but chaos follows her all the way from the kitchen to the bath and back again.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 5th 1999 by Puffin Books (first published January 1st 1986)
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Jewel
The story of my life, I almost cried when I saw it.

It was really funny when I was "trying" to read to the kids tonight as I also have three kids and I kept referring to them and they giggled.

And then I needed five minutes peace afterwards.

(You would not believe how many times I was interrupted while writing this review.)
Kathryn
This is such a fun portrayal of a scenario every mom faces now and again--the great need for just five minutes all to herself!!! Of course, the children can't quite understand this and keep wanting to join in on her fun. The scene with all of the kids climbing into the bathtub with her is priceless!!! :-D
midnightfaerie
This one really strikes a chord with me. I am SO Mrs. Large. A book my 6 yr old as well as my twin 3 yr olds loved. A solid reading level 1 book, this cute story keeps all ages engaged with the bright colorful pictures and cute story. A great addition to any children's library.
☆ Carol ☆
I don't know where my copy has gone! I simply can't have thrown it out! Did it get worn out?My first meeting of an adorable great niece (who amazingly survived meningitis)& I ignored her until I reread her copy of this wonderful book!

Out of all the great books I read to my children this was my favourite. Beautifully illustrated, the text is on two levels, so that adults can enjoy a wry smile while reading it to their youngsters.

Just can't recommend highly enough!
Hannah
This was a book I enjoyed as a child and I was pleased to find it hadn't aged badly at all!

The story of a mother elephant looking for a bit of peace and quiet on a Saturday morning is funny and very true to life. I could hear my own mother's voice in her tone: "Go on, all of you, off downstairs" and then ultimately relenting - she listens to her son practice his recorder (Twinkle Twinkle three and a half times) and her daughter reading. All of the characters are very relatable and there are grea
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Carina Mcdonagh
'Five Minutes' Peace' by Jill Murphy, tells the story of a mother elephant who just wants some time alone in the bath, however her three children have other ideas! This is a family orientated story that children and parents will be able to relate to, it could be used as part of a families topic or to generate discussion for Mother's Day. This is a story I would use with children in the EYFS because of the simple lexis and big, bold pictures.

The anthropomorphism present in the story attracts chil
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Sarah Walsh
“Because I want five minutes’ peace from you lot, “said Mrs Large”
This is a jolly book about a mum who just needs five minutes break. Mrs Large (mum) sneaks away from the messy house and the noisy children and takes refuge in the bath with a cup of tea. Mum is no sooner enjoying the peace when one by one the children barge into the bathroom to play instruments and recite stories and just create havoc in general. Through all the commotion, all three children end up in the bath with mum and baby e
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Ina
I discovered this book many years ago when I was home raising three young children and wondering if I would ever enjoy a hot meal or converse with an adult in full sentences ever again. Mrs. Large yearns for just 5 minutes peace. So she sneaks off to the bathroom to enjoy a soak in the bath with tea and the paper...and enjoys about a minute of "heaven" before, one by one, her three youngsters invade the bathroom, and finally end up in the tub with her. She sneaks back down to the kitchen where s ...more
Daniel Zielske
"Five Minutes' Peace" is a story that parents will relate to and enjoy perhaps more than the children will. Revisiting it with two teenagers, having probably not read it in a dozen years, I don't view it the same as I once did. Yes, one can make the case that it's "real," but I don't love the message it may give when reading it to one's children.
Paul Jackson
Five Minutes Peace describes the trials and tribulations of a mother elephant who has three young children. She tries to find "Five Minutes Peace" away from her children but they make sure that she does not have this time alone, as they are in constant search for attention and to better one another. The illustrations in the book are excellent and accurately portray what is happening in the story and this would be useful for learners who use english as an additional language, for some children wi ...more
Paul Foley
This is a book from a series called the Large family which is about a family of elephants. In this one, Mrs. Large is trying to get five minutes peace away from the kids so she heads to have a bath. However, the kids want to come with her and keep coming in to play music to her, read a book to her or bring her toys to play with. Eventually all the kids jump in the bath with her so she heads back to the kitchen to try and get her few minutes peace there. The illustrations in the book are excellen ...more
Neda
A funny picture story book :) Guess mothers can feel how Mrs. Large feels :-D
Meg McGregor
I discovered this book a while ago, and just read it again, and wanted to write a review!

As a Mother, and a full time nanny, I can so relate to Mrs. Large's wish for five minutes of peace.

There are days while watching my little ones, (I am their nanny) that I wonder where they all get the energy to stay up and not nap.

When they are sleeping (a gift straight from heaven, as most Moms will affirm) is when I get my "minutes of peace!"

And when I have time to write reviews for Goodreads.
Julia Wickenden
Five Minutes' Peace is a picture book by Jill Murphy. It represents family life in an entertaining way, with elephants as the central characters. The illustrations are lovely.

The story begins at breakfast time, with the children making a lot of mess in the kitchen. Mum therefore lays herself a breakfast tray and heads to the bathroom for five minutes' peace. She faces continual interruptions from the children and therefore doesn't get much peace in the bath. With the children in the bath, she sn
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Ann
Aug 19, 2009 Ann rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Katie :)
What a cute idea!

Five Minutes' Peace is about just that, a mom (elephant in this case ;>) trying to get Five Minutes' Peace from her three children.

She attempts to enjoy a nice, hot bath. But, too soon after she ventures into the tub, the children come.

The illustrations are warm and joyful and complement the text.

Probably parents will relate to the book more than children, but it could be a good book to help teach children about being respectful of other people's needs, space and time.
Shelby Kuzma
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Samantha Sterling
Mrs Large just wants five minutes peace in the bath... But her three children have other ideas.

Five minutes peace is part of the Large Family collection of books, all of which I would recommend. This short story with bold writing and lovely illustrations is suitable for children in early years or Year 1. The illustrations will help those less able to read as they clearly tell the story. The children can have fun guessing what might happen next and can share their own thoughts and experiences. A
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Louise Roberts
I lovely story about a very big, very busy family of elephants.
Five minutes peace is about a mother elephant trying desperately to escape the hubbub of every-morning life, but to little success.

This story would be perfect to read with EYFS as it has some memorable phrases that children could join in with. I would recommend this book to introduce reading between the lines and encourage children to think about the characters point of view and how they might be feeling.

Highly recommended and a l
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Conor
Five Minutes Peace is one of four fantastic books written by Jill Murphy about the Large family, who happen to be a family of elephants. Five minutes peace is a humorous book dealing with the everyday stress that mothers deal with due to their hectic schedules.


In this book, Mrs Large wants 5 minutes peace so that she can relax in her bath, however this proves to be an increasingly difficult task as she is constantly pestered by her 3 children. In turns, the children enter the bathroom playing m
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Amy Musser
Mrs. Large has 3 rambunctious elephant children who are quite a handful. So she makes herself a tray of breakfast and tries to sneak out the kitchen door, but the kids want to know where she’s going. Mrs. Large says she just wants 5 minutes’ peace from them to take a bath. The kids decide their mom can’t possibly want that much time away from them and one by one they invade the bathroom, reading stories, playing music, and bringing bath toys. Before she knows it, the kids have joined her splashi ...more
Mimzi Darling
Poor Mrs Large lives in a house with three excitable little elephants, who will not leave her alone - not even for five minutes! She dreams of a soothing bath, and five minutes to call her own. However, her little ones have other plans!
'Five Minutes' Peace' is a lovely story, following Mrs Large's struggle for some space and time alone. The pictures are large and interesting - providing much to talk about with a younger reader. The text is clear and easy to read. Jill Murphy brings to life a ver
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Jane
This is a darling story that will strike a chord with mothers everywhere as the mommy elephant tries to get 5 minutes peace, and her children follow along everywhere she goes. It feels a bit too negative sometimes, but so does being a mom. This would make a better picture book than a board book, which is the form I received it in. The text is a bit too long to hold the attention of babies and toddlers, but my preschooler listened attentively.
Emma Daugherty
This is a great story for younger readers and is one that parents can really relate to. All parents probably wish sometimes for just a few minutes of silence away from the kids especially at certain ages. I personally really enjoy this story and the pictures especially because the are well drawn and detailed. I also really enjoy the fact that the characters are elephants because they are my favorite animal.
Rachel
I know I'm losing my credibility by giving all childrens' books good reviews but OH. MY. GOD. This was probably my favorite book as a kid. There's this elephant family, and the mom is like, so stressed out. And her kids keep bothering her and trying to play her these gay songs on the recorder while she's in the bathtub. Also I love the part where the little boy elephant comes into the bathroom and throws all his toys into the tub:

"For you!" he beamed, throwing them all into the bathwater.

My mom
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Lisa
I used to read this to L & C all the time when they were mini!
Anjumanara
I love this book as its is a typical scene in a house hold that children and adults identify with....children also enjoy and identify with the mischief that the large family children get up to!!! It is amusing as Mrs Large tries very hard to get five minutes peace from the children; off course very unsuccessfully!! My little boy gets me to read this to him every now and then and once we start we have to go through all the others in this series. Beautifully illustrated and detailed....and familia ...more
Joanna
Love love LOVE this book! So cute, and boy can I relate.
Emkoshka
These elephant children are so absolutely adorable, although perhaps not to their long-suffering mother who just wants five minutes' peace. I'll admit that I was one of these kids when I was young (probably all three in one!), but who doesn't want to spend every waking minute with their mother when her love is so unconditional?
Rebecca Fahrney
Completely can relate to this book!
Lectorsbooks
While I adore many of Jill Murphy's Large Family series, this one is my absolute favorite. The text is a bit long per page to read to a younger child (my one year old can't always make it through the story), but it is a charming book that pays tribute to the busy lives moms lead. One of my favorite things about rereading it as an adult is noticing all the fun little details that are packed into all the pictures - for example, there are crayon drawings of elephant stick figures stuck on the fridg ...more
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Jill Murphy is a London-born English children's author, best known for The Worst Witch series and the Large Family picture books. She has been described as "one of the most engaging writers and illustrators for children in the land."

Jill Murphy was born in London and attended the Ursuline Convent in Wimbledon which, together with the boarding school stories she enjoyed reading, provided much of th
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Other Books in the Series

Norsulan perhe (4 books)
  • All in One Piece
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  • A Quiet Night In
The Worst Witch (Worst Witch, #1) Peace At Last The Worst Witch Strikes Again (Worst Witch, #2) A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch (Worst Witch, #3) The Worst Witch All at Sea (Worst Witch, #4)

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