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Five Little Monkeys

3.12  ·  Rating Details ·  51 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Story of five little monkeys who were a nuisance to all the animals in the jungle except Terrible, the Tiger.
32 pages
Published (first published 1952)
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Mar 05, 2009 Sean rated it liked it
Genre: Picture Book
Age Level: Grades 3-5, transitional/fluent
World View: N/A: animals portray no race or status
Theme: Morality, Love for thy neighbors
In the Classroom: Good for jungle vocabulary, and easy to create an active lesson for the kids, in math, science, and any other classroom thanks to the monkey's antics throughout the book.
Literary Elements: Extensive vocabulary because of the variety of animals in the book, great for learning new words before going on a field trip to
Aug 11, 2012 Lorna rated it it was ok
1953 Caldecott Honor

Favorite illustration: The boldly colored spread in the middle of the book that shows the jungle with all of the animals.

Favorite line: "The wart hog was oozing in the soft black mud."

Kid-appeal: I think this book is still too wordy, and probably not appealing enough for kids to sit through today. Plus, the illustration of the monkeys is very odd and a bit creepy!
Mar 30, 2015 Sam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytime
Ah! Nostalgia. I had no idea this book was so old. I do remember this was one of the few hardcover books we owned as kids. I remember loving the story and reading and re-reading it.

It's wordy though. Hard for a read aloud now unless you've got a little one tucked in and sleepy and they'll let you go for awhile.
Feb 17, 2012 Ed rated it liked it
Shelves: nerdcott-2012
Another strange Caldecott book from the 1950's. I liked the story, and most of the illustrations, but the five monkeys themselves are pretty oddly drawn. They were very abstract, with goofy, smiley faces, when the rest of the animals in the jungle were fairly normal in appearance. Just seemed strange to me.
Katie Fitzgerald
Read for #nerdcott. Reviewed in Caldecott Challenge Post #66:
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