Book Review: Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree

Rating: ★★★★☆

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 end for a happy picnic.

The funny characters are lively and lovable, and the predictable plot is a perfect choice for the preschooler who isn’t quite ready for complicated stories.  Of course, the behavior of the monkeys is dangerous, but even the smallest children ought to know better than to copy the monkeys’ actions — if anything, it serves as a rather funny cautionary tale.

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Publication Information: Christelow, Eileen. Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree. Five Little Monkeys; Clarion. 1991. ISBN: 039598033X.
Categories: 4 Stars, Age 00-04
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Posted on November 28, 2011


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