Traditional Thursdays: Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed


monkey cover

      Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, by Ellen Christelow, is a classic children’s nursery rhyme in the form of a book. The book tells the story of five monkeys at bedtime. The monkeys get ready for bed and after their mother tucks them in for the night they begin to jump on the bed.


     While they are jumping on the bed, one monkey falls off and bumps their head!


As a result, the mother calls the doctor and the doctor says: No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

no more jumping

This cycle continues until there are no more monkeys left to jump on the bed. Once they are all injured, the five little monkeys finally fall asleep and then it is their mother’s turn to jump on the bed.

This book has both value in the classroom and in the home and I would recommend it to parents. This book teaches basic counting and the power of cause and effect relationships. The monkeys show that our actions have consequences. Sometimes they are good and sometimes they are bad. In the classroom, activities that can be done are choral reading, creating art work depicting the story, and a song and dance time. The repetitive nature of this book possesses a rhythm that makes it perfect to read as a lullaby before bed. In addition, the pattern of the story makes it great for early readers because they can understand the scheme of the plot and will be able to guess what happens next. Finally, this book can function as a mirror for children. I remember jumping on the bed when I was younger. There’s just something about jumping in the air without a care in the world.

– Chinassa Phillips


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