Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed: A Five Little Monkeys Story

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Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Silly sing-along about bedtime is a counting classic.

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Educational Value

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed includes the notion of counting down from five, as well as the nighttime self-care ritual of getting ready for -- and resisting going to -- bed.

Positive Messages

Five Little Monkeys espouses strongly positive messages about the importance of the nighttime sleep ritual, self-care, silly fun, listening to your mother, consequences, and being careful.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are simple but very relatable, from mischievous young monkeys to an exasperated, but playful and concerned, mother.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed: A Five Little Monkeys Story is a tale of bedtime silliness and bumps on the head. It teaches lessons about self-care and safety, but there's a good chance it'll also encourage some harmless jumping around. (The iTunes app version allows readers to personalize the story and learn new vocabulary.) 

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What's the story?

It's bedtime, and five little monkeys have a few things to do to get ready. But before everyone is fast asleep, these monkeys have some jumping to do, one by one. Will they all bump their heads? What will the doctor say? And more important, how will Mama get these silly monkeys to sleep?

Is it any good?

FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS JUMPING ON THE BED: A FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS STORY is an unforgettable read. The simple storyline, the repetition, the monkey countdown, and all those bumps on the heads -- rendered with mischief and pop in watercolor and pencil -- make for a classic counting story that manages to reinforce silliness and safety in one fell swoop.

Parents and kids will both delight in this go-to for a bedtime story with counting fun that's informative and helpful in setting the tone for an important ritual, yet still pays homage to the boundless energy of toddlers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their own bedtime rituals. What do you do to get ready for bed at night? Is it just like the monkeys? If so, how? If not, how is it different?

  • Do you like to jump on the bed? It's certainly a lot of fun, but what can happen? Why does the doctor say, "No more monkeys jumping on the bed!"

  • Have you ever gotten a case of the sillies at night before bedtime? How did you get rid of them?

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