Five Minutes' Peace

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All Mrs. Large wants is five minutes' peace from her energetic children, but chaos follows her all the way from the kitchen to the bath and back again.

Mrs. Large tries to take a peaceful, relaxing bath but her family has other ideas.

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Overview

All Mrs. Large wants is five minutes' peace from her energetic children, but chaos follows her all the way from the kitchen to the bath and back again.

Mrs. Large tries to take a peaceful, relaxing bath but her family has other ideas.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Mrs. Large just wants five minutes' peace from her three rambunctious elephant children, that's all. But what meets her eyes one morning when she enters the kitchen? ``The children were having breakfast. This was not a pleasant sight.'' Pure understatement for a mealtime mess that includes an overturned cereal box, a dripping jar of honey, crushed soft-boiled eggs and on the littlest one, the wearing of a once-full bowl of corn flakes. So Mrs. Large lumbers off to the bathroom, tea on tray, newspapers in bathrobe pocket. But her bubble bath isn't soothing for long; she's soon joined by three visitors. Lester wants to play a tune for her on the flute. ``Must you?'' Mrs. Large asks. Laura wishes to read out loud. ``Just one page,'' says Mrs. Large. The toddler offersand he will not be refusedall his bathtoys. Then they hop into the tub. Mrs. Large heads for the kitchen and finds exactly three minutes and 45 seconds of peace. This book is pure joy, one that parents, not just children, will want to keep on hand; Murphy's frazzled mom will find a soft spot in every reader. (1-5)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 Mrs. Large determines to have just five minutes' peace from the mess and confusion of her beloved children. She fixes herself a tray, runs a tub of lovely warm water, fills it with bubble bath, and hopes for those precious moments alone before facing the day's activities. The ``activities'' follow her to the bathroom, where, one by one, they present her with their special talents of playing the recorder, reading aloud, and dumping favorite toys from the toy box into the tub with her. When all three children climb in, Mrs. Large decides, with a groan and resignation, that she will try for five minutes' peace in the kitchen. Cheerfully bright watercolor illustrations depict this endearing elephant family with distinctive humor and expression, totally complementing the text on companion pages. However, while the text is simplistic enough for primary readers, the humorous depiction of a beleaguered mother is adult-oriented. Some children may wonder why Mrs. Large wants to get away from her children. Nevertheless, a hearty chuckle can be experienced during a shared reading time between a mother and her childrenperhaps eliciting a bit of understanding. Mary Lou Budd, Milford South Elementary School, Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698117877
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 114,278
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Jill Murphy lives in Cornwall, England.

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  • Posted January 20, 2010

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    So true!

    As a single mom with 3 kids, this book is so very true! My daughter picks a different book out every night, this was the book she picked out tonight. We had a very rough weekend, all 3 kids and myself were sick, this book made me remember "hey, its not just me!" even if they are fictional characters. I suggest this book for everyone, single parent or not! This is my new favorite baby shower book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2007

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    This was my husbands favorite book as a child and so i got it for him for christmas to read to our children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2007

    So True

    I love this book, it's so true, when you have kids...there is no peace. I've had this book for a long time and when I'm having a stressful day with my 3 kids, I look at this book and I sit back and laugh, in a fun way it reminds me how blessed I am to have my kids. Makes a great gift!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2005

    Great Baby Shower Gift Idea

    This is a great book! It represents both the frustrating as well as joyful times of being a mom. As a baby shower gift, I give a copy of the book along with shower gel, lotion, etc to the mom. Hopefully, she'll be able to enjoy both the book and the items to pamper herself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2000

    I Want to Give this to All the Busy Moms I Know

    While this book is probably intended for children, and could easily be used to talk about Mom's need for a little time alone, it will appeal to every Mom or Dad who just needs 5 minutes alone, and can't get it...

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