One Monday Morning

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"One Monday morning the king, the queen, and the little prince came to visit me. But i wasn't home . . . "

In this elaboration on an ancient French song, a king, queen, and prince with an increasingly large retinue try to pay a call on a young boy who is rarely home.

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"One Monday morning the king, the queen, and the little prince came to visit me. But i wasn't home . . . "

In this elaboration on an ancient French song, a king, queen, and prince with an increasingly large retinue try to pay a call on a young boy who is rarely home.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Beautiful, easy to read fun, with an interplay between text and pictures always sought for, seldom encountered."—starred, School Library Journal

"The idea of the story is so childlike, the telling of it so effortless, and the book executed with such distinction that it belongs naturally among the true picture books we seem always to have had . . . A book no child should miss."—The Horn Book

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A queen and a prince come to visit a small boy one Monday morning, but as he tells readers, ``I wasn't home.'' They return with the king on Tuesday, but ``I wasn't home.'' Every day they check to see if the little boy is in, always with someone new in tow, until Sunday, when they come with a king, a knight, a royal guard, cook, barber, jester and a little dog. This time, the little boy is home to entertain his royal guests. (4-8)
Publishers Weekly
In this charming story, first published in 1967, a queen and prince call on a city-dwelling boy one Monday morning, but as he tells readers, "I wasn't home." Finally on Sunday the boy is there to receive his royal guests. Brightly hued regal clothing brightens cross-hatched drawings of an urban landscape. Ages 3-6. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The old French folk song is, "Lundi matin, l'emp'reur, sa femme..." and Shulevitz's classic story begins, "One Monday morning, the king, the queen and the little prince came to visit me." But even before the text begins, the reader is treated to charming drawings of a rainy cityscape and a boy looking out through his window. Then the king enters the scene with his umbrella and droll, stark white face, and the fun begins—because the boy is rarely home and the visitors must depart without seeing him. Each day the entourage grows, adding the knight, the guard, the royal cook, and a slew of others. But the boy is never there, until the last day, when finally they all meet and exchange the most mundane of greetings. Nevertheless, this soft cover release of the 1967 book has won an ALA Notable Book award as well as a starred School Library Journal review and offers quiet enjoyment for the young set. 2003 (orig. 1967), Sunburst/Farrar Straus Giroux, Ages 3 to 8.
—Judy Chernak
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374456481
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 7/16/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 627,134
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.35 (w) x 9.76 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Uri Shulevitz is a Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator and author. He was born in Warsaw, Poland, on February 27, 1935. He began drawing at the age of three and, unlike many children, never stopped. The Warsaw blitz occurred when he was four years old, and the Shulevitz family fled. For eight years they were wanderers, arriving, eventually, in Paris in 1947. There Shulevitz developed an enthusiasm for French comic books, and soon he and a friend started making their own. At thirteen, Shulevitz won first prize in an all-elementary-school drawing competition in Paris's 20th district.


In 1949, the family moved to Israel, where Shulevitz worked a variety of jobs: an apprentice at a rubber-stamp shop, a carpenter, and a dog-license clerk at Tel Aviv City Hall. He studied at the Teachers' Institute in Tel Aviv, where he took courses in literature, anatomy, and biology, and also studied at the Art Institute of Tel Aviv. At fifteen, he was the youngest to exhibit in a group drawing show at the Tel Aviv Museum.


At 24 he moved to New York City, where he studied painting at Brooklyn Museum Art School and drew illustrations for a publisher of Hebrew books. One day while talking on the telephone, he noticed that his doodles had a fresh and spontaneous look—different from his previous illustrations. This discovery was the beginning of Uri's new approach to his illustrations for The Moon in My Room, his first book, published in 1963. Since then he was written and illustrated many celebrated children’s books. He won the Caldecott Medal for The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship, written by Arthur Ransome. He has also earned three Caldecott Honors, for The Treasure, Snow and How I Learned Geography. His other books include Dawn, So Sleepy Story, and many others. He also wrote the instructional guide Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children’s Books. He lives in New York City.

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  • Posted August 14, 2014

    This is a wonderful story to read on a rainy day. The poetic, cu

    This is a wonderful story to read on a rainy day. The poetic, cumulative text captures and holds children's attention, from pre-school through early grades. They love the cumulative parade of royal visitors with a surprise ending. The story begins quietly on a rainy day and builds from there. 
    I used to read this book to groups of young children when I was a children's librarian in New York and it became a favorite.

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