Cinco monitos brincando en la cama/Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

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As soon as they say good night to Mama, the five little monkeys start to jump on their bed. But trouble lies ahead as, one by one, they fall off and hurt themselves. Now in sturdy board book for Spanish- and English-speaking readers!

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As soon as they say good night to Mama, the five little monkeys start to jump on their bed. But trouble lies ahead as, one by one, they fall off and hurt themselves. Now in sturdy board book for Spanish- and English-speaking readers!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Christelow's counting book will appeal to children—as it has—thanks to its spunky monkey characters, their wonderful facial expressions, and the countdown structure of the story. In English, the rhyme adheres to a cheerful scheme that allows for a musical inflection in its retelling. Unfortunately, this familiar closed rhyme scheme is completely lost in the Spanish translation. Ortiz retains the content of the original text, but not its energy, despite her attempt to mimic Christelow's repetitive phrasing. The resulting book is one that tells the story of five little monkeys jumping on their bed, falling off, and bumping their heads in two languages, but not one that does so in a comparable way in both languages. The translated book is a fine read, particularly for young children who are learning to count and like monkeys, but it lacks the spirit and poetry of the original. Ultimately, if you seek a Spanish-language board book that teaches counting, find one that was either originally written in Spanish or does not rely on rhyme schemes in English. 2005 (orig. 1989), Houghton Mifflin, Ages 2 to 5.
—Veronica Betancourt
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780544089006
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/2/2014
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: A Five Little Monkeys Story Series
  • Pages: 30
  • Sales rank: 847,125
  • Age range: 2 - 3 Years

Meet the Author


Eileen Christelow was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in a family of avid readers. It was in high school that she first made the leap from reader to writer, publishing her first stories in her high school’s magazine.

After studying art history and drawing in college, she discovered a love of photography and began building a career as a photographer. Her interest in children’s books was always strong, and after the birth of her daughter, she began thinking about writing one of her own. Her first book, Henry and the Red Stripes, was published in 1981.

Since then, she has written and illustrated numerous best-selling picture books including ten popular books about the Five Little Monkeys, Letters from a Desperate Dog, and Vote! She lives with her husband in Dummerston, Vermont, and you can learn more about her life and work on her website, www.christelow.com and on www.fivelittlemonkeys.com

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