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Eileen Christelow
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Five Little Monkeys Sitting In A Tree Signed (Five Little Monkeys)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  628 ratings  ·  79 reviews
"Brightly colored, cartoon-style artwork, done in mixed media, spread across wide pages, (captures) the antics of the mischievous critters, whose colorful garb makes them easy to spot as they hide in the foliage of the big old tree."--ALA "Booklist."
Published (first published March 18th 1991)
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Kiana Gerard
Many of us have all heard the little singsongy tale of the five little monkeys. This is Eileen Christelow's second most popular book in the Five Little Monkeys series. I loved that this book was full of humor and relatable problems that children go through. The five little monkeys tease a crocodile and there is a moral at the end of the story. This hilarious fable not only teaches kids from right and wrong, but Christelow's writing makes the book crafty and fun to read!

After reading the book a c
Brittani Troutman
I grew up singing the “five little monkeys” songs and now sing it to children that I work with. Since I knew the songs and knew children loved singing a long with those I thought that the books would be just as good for children.

Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree by Eileen Christelow is a great book to start teaching children how to count and also to teach them not to pick on others. The book is very colorful and the images really add to what is going on in the story. The colors are also ver
Robert Beveridge
Eileen Christelow, Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree (Clarion, 1991)

Amusing, if lightweight, little book that undercuts its message in hopes of becoming a series. (It did, and an exceptionally popular one, at that.) A good one for reading to the kids if you like playing it up; this one would definitely be better sung than simply read. ***
Synopsis: "When the Five Little Monkeys go to the river for a picnic with Mama, they discover that it isn't very nice to tease Mr. Crocodile . . . it might even be dangerous! The follow-up to the bestselling classic Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, featuring Eileen Christelow's irrestistable monkey art in a sturdy board book, perfect for repeat readings!"

My Review: One of Munchkin's favorite songs from circle time is Teasing Mr. Alligator. This book elaborates on that little song (though
Emily  Pandilidis
The book Five Little Monkeys Sitting in the Tree by Eileen Christelow is a tremendous book that could be used for counting. Although, the book only counts to 5 down to 0 back up to 5 this is different than a typical counting book. This book is fun and cute with the saying, "Five Little Monkey's sitting in a tree," but should probably be used for a little older group because of the "Snap" of the crocadile making the monkeys go missing. Also, this book would be good for an older group who is learn ...more
This book is fun, if perhaps a big suggestively violent. But the threat of violence looms large in the best children's stories ever written—Grimm's fairy tales, the English folk tale of Titty and Tatty Mouse, this German nurery rhyme about the barber that cuts off kids' fingers when they can't stop sucking their thumbs... Children respond to hyperbole and drastic outcomes. And so with that in mind, we enjoy teasing Mr. Crocodile for the impending *SNAP!*

But I feel like the Mama monkey goes to ea
Five little monkeys learn their lesson about teasing Mr. Crocodile. Each time they tease him, he snaps his jaws at them. Children may enjoy the suspense and may begin to notice little monkey eyes or pieces of monkey clothing peeking between the tree branches. At the end, readers find that all the little monkeys have been hiding safely in the tree branches. They have a picnic with their mother and learn never to tease the crocodile. The rhyme will help children develop phonological awareness.
Meg McGregor
The five little monkeys are at it again - not listening to Momma and getting into trouble. But this time it is not just bumping their heads. They are teasing a crocodile.

A fun book for all littles and I always read the book using the same cadence I do for The Five Little Monkeys.

I wish that I could be like this Mama who "spreads out a blanket and settles down for a snooze?"

I can't do that when I watch one "monkey", let alone five!
Mariah Olson
I absolutely love this collection of books by Eileen Christelow about the 5 little monkeys because it's an easy book for preschool and kindergarten aged children to read and learn how to count number 1 through 5. This is also one of those books that kids can read in a 'jump rope' rhythm. What I mean by a 'jump rope' rhythm is that children read it to the rhythm of jumping, so a constant beat, and it helps the kids remember the words in the story and they count down from 5 to 1 by reading through ...more
Shanna Gonzalez
Christelow adds another rhythmic, repetitive troublemaking adventure as the Five Little Monkeys climb into a tree and tease a crocodile, while Mama trustfully naps by the bank. This book, like some others in the series, can be either read aloud or sung, and there's a finger play for this one too (unfortunately hard to do while you hold a book, but oh well). In Christelow's version, instead of having the alligator actually eat the monkeys, they leap into the tree branches, to be revealed in the e ...more
Josiah Smith
Five spunky little monkeys going to the park to have a picnic. Despite mothers wishes go playing in dangerous territory and almost get hurt.This book is wonderful for displaying what happens when we don't listen to adults. It has wonderful colours and illustrations that seem to come alive. The five little monkey's after going through all the drama get not only learn a lesson but a friend in the process. Children and adults of all ages can read this and spend hours laughing and playing along with ...more
Kiera Turner
This book will always be a favorite of mine! When reading this to older children you could introduce academic language such as scold, tease and delicious. For younger children you could use it to introduce counting. When I read this book to my Pre-K children they loved doing the snap as if they were crocodiles!
The colorful cover for 'Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree' made it look like it was going to be an exciting story. I feel like the climax of the story starts up too soon. We have all the sang the songs or read other books about monkeys jumping on the bed as well as doing many other things and this story did not add anything at all. Bright colors continued to be used throughout the story with the illustrations but, the story ended pretty abruptly just like it began. The monkeys went right to ...more
Meg McGregor
The five little monkeys are at it again - not listening to Momma and getting into trouble.

But this time it is not just bumping their heads. They are teasing a crocodile.

A fun book for all littles and I always read the book using the same cadence I do for The Five Little Monkeys.
This book clearly aims to teach young children just learning to count their numbers. I think the book does a good job with teaching the counting, but I was slightly disappointed with the moral. I felt that it was embarrassingly straightforward. Maybe for young children this is appropriate, but I still thought it could have had a more intelligent ending. This illustrations were fun and brightly colored. They were definitely in a style that would appeal to young children. My only concern with the ...more
Jourdan Aanenson
Five little monkeys sitting in a tree discover, one by one, that it is unwise to tease Mr. Crocodile.

This book has extrodinary in its pictures. The colors of the book is almost like a watercolor paint. The brush strokes on the monkeys show which way their fur moves. Their movements are shown because of the paint stokes in their fur. Their is no title page and I think this is hard because it jumps right into the story and this takes away the importance of the book. The shapes of the monkeys are a
Rebecca Ann
This is a classic baby book with a counting theme and a cute, funny subject that most kids are familiar with (jumping on the bed). This would be a great baby rhyme time book, you could even do a lap bounce with it.
Man do kids ever like it when those monkeys get snapped out of the tree. I like to "act this out" with a crocodile puppet and let five volunteers be the monkeys when sharing this with groups.
Ashley M.
This story is a fun book to use with young children that are trying to get more involved with reading. The reparative phrases and rhyming text will keep children following along. This book is a good tool to practice teaching children the flow of events in a story by counting down the monkeys.

When using this story in the class room, have the children use their dramatic play skills to re act the story. This will help children practice the sequence of events in the book on an easy level. This can
Robin Morris
This book is a favorite book of mine. Children enjoy acting out teasing the crocodile and clapping their hands together as the crocodile goes "SNAP". It is repetitive which makes it easy to remember and easy for early readers to grasp the words. The book focuses on counting backwards and subtraction and then counting forward when all the monkeys appear in a tree. I like the way the mother monkey loves and disciplines her 5 monkeys with hugs and scolding. What a fun book!


I would have a discus
Shamilah Gillani
The five little monkeys series is such a fun series for students of all ages. Five little monkeys wait until their mother takes a nap and start to disturb Mr. Crocodile - oh what an unwise decision! This book teaches sequencing to students, story elements, and the moral of listening to adults.
In my classroom, I would create an anchor chart for students to categorize the characters, problem, solution, theme, setting, and other story elements. I would also use this book to practice sequencing and
Robert J
Nice counting book with a funny story and nicely illustrated. My children loved it.
Carrie Marie Lawson Brewer
Five little monkeys run into trouble teasing a crocodile when their mother falls asleep
Amy Rae
Genuinely did enjoy this more than the original. I think it works better.
Emily Bernd
This book is fun and has the echo reading. I love the sound effects and repetition.
Salima Hart
This book was really cute, and the children loved it. It teaches the values of learning lessons based on past experiences. The children loved to mimic the book, and since it is repetitive, it is easy for them to do so. I also enjoyed using different voices for the various characters, which continued to grab the students' attention. Due to its simplicity, it is also quite easy for students to look at as a writing example. Students can easily learn from the format of this book and create their own ...more
This isn't a personal favorite of mine, but he kids loved it.
We picked this book up from our local library.

Here we are again jumping into the adventures of the monkeys. When momma monkey decides to take them on a picnic dinner I don't think she planned on her monkeys teasing a crocodile. Don't these monkeys know that teasing a crocodile is not fun! They like to SNAP! We had a good time reading this book along with every time the crocodile would SNAP! We would yell it out, and then try to find the monkey afterwards. Perfect book for all ages. I think they
Most people know the one about monkeys jumping on the bed (also a book), but this rhyme is about as old. Surprised? Yeah, you're not alone :)

In the original, the monkeys are definitely eaten. In this version, not so much. (Also, this version cuts down some of my favorite lines from the original rhyme.) Because the monkeys aren't eaten, people who are worried about more sensitive children will probably be okay with this book :) Bright illustrations, bouncy classic rhyme, cute story. Gotta love it
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