Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Citation:  Christelow, E. (1989). Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. New York: Clarion House.  

Ages: 0 – 6

Grades:  PreKindergarten – 1st Grade

Description:  Christelow’s Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed is a classic book about counting. The monkeys jump on the bed and fall off one by one, until there are no monkeys left.

Uses: This book is a storytime classic! The rhyming text and repetitive phrases make this an idea book for young child and/or toddler storytime.  Librarians can make this book active by getting children to act out the monkey’s movements.  Children can jump with the monkeys jump, and make monkey movements during the book.

Review Sources:

Camarata, C., Jones, T. E., Gale, D., & Suhr, V. M. (1989). Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (Book). School Library Journal, 35(11), 62.

Tags: concept books, counting, monkeys, rhyme, animals, jumping

Ten Go Tango

Citation: Dorros, A., & McCully, E. A. (2000). Ten go tango. New York: HarperCollinsPublishers. ten go tango

Ages: 3-6

Grades: Pre-K – Kindergarten

Description: Ten Go Tango is a story that combines the concept of counting with a story of music and dancing animals. As the numbers progress 1 – 10, the appropriate number of animals is depicted doing different dance steps. Animals do dances such as the foxtrot, the rumba, and the twist.  The final number is a pull out spread with a large number of dancing animals.

Uses: Ten Go Tango is perfect for a toddler or preschool centered storytime focused on the concept of counting.  Teachers/librarians can teach children the different dances after the storytime, or during the storytime.

Review Sources:

Forecasts: Children’s Books. (2000). Publisher’s Weekly, 247(10):109.

Pierini, Rosalyn. (2000). Ten Go Tango. School Library Journal. 46(5):140.

Tags: dance, counting, animals,