Today Is Monday

Today Is Monday

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by Eric Carle
     
 

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String beans, spaghetti, ZOOOOP, roast beef, fresh fish, chicken and ice cream are the delicious fare during the week in this popular children's song. Until Sunday. Then, all the world's children are invited to come together and share in the meal. Celebrated artist Eric Carle brings new energy to these much-loved verses as lively animals parade across the

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String beans, spaghetti, ZOOOOP, roast beef, fresh fish, chicken and ice cream are the delicious fare during the week in this popular children's song. Until Sunday. Then, all the world's children are invited to come together and share in the meal. Celebrated artist Eric Carle brings new energy to these much-loved verses as lively animals parade across the page, munching on favorite dishes, and introducing young readers to the names of the days of the week. Both art and song invite children to join in the procession and sing along.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Another song worth singing, Eric Carle's Today Is Monday, begins with string beans on Monday and spaghetti on Tuesday. Different animals eat their way through the week, teaching the names of the days as they go. Music and lyrics included. ( Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Don't forget to sing to your kids. There are some beautiful new books that will help you with words and let your kids and you enjoy gorgeous pictures as you sing. Try Today is Monday illustrated by Eric Carle with big bold pictures that stretch and splash across the pages. Carle pictures animal instead of people and that leaves even more room for fun. Babies can name the animals and make sounds as well as sing their way into learning the days of the week.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Eric Carle fans will delight in this oversize (9 x12 inch) book you can hold up for the class to see and sing from. Mr. Carle's tissue-paper collages illustrate the cumulative song in which a different food is featured each day of the week-by one of a septet of animals. In conclusion, a multi-ethnic gathering of kids enjoy a meal of everything previously mentioned. Use the double-page illustrations to inspire similar collages boys and girls can create for their favorite-food versions of the song.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-- Featuring the artist's familiar bold and colorful style, this song was originally illustrated as a frieze in 1977. Now adapted as a picture book, it is a joyous invitation to ``all the hungry children''--shown at a multiethnic banquet at the end of the book--to ``. . . Come and eat it up!'' Each double-page spread shows a line from the song, with a different animal for each day of the week, eating a different food. Most of the animals are eating a predictable food (a fox with a chicken, a pelican with a fish), but there are some nonsensical scenes (a snake with spaghetti, an elephant eating ``zoop''). Overall, the verse has a catchy, cumulative rhythm, but it's the dazzling illustrations--gorgeously displayed with a mastery of design and form--that make this a simple, yet memorable, picture book. --Cyrisse Jaffee, Newton Public Schools, MA
Ilene Cooper
Most people know the jaunty tune "Today Is Monday" ("Monday, string beans, Tuesday, spaghetti"), but it gets new life in a picture book bursting with food, animals, and lots of energy. Beginning with the grinning cat on the cover (bib around neck, fork at the ready), a zooful of animals act out the lyrics: snakes get tangled in spaghetti, elephants use their trunks to slurp "Zoooop," and pelicans catch fish on Friday. With text at a minimum, Carle's always innovative artwork steps center stage in an oversize format that allows gloriously colored collages to spread over two pages. At the book's conclusion, the animals take a back seat to a multiethnic crew of able and disabled kids who come to share Sunday's supper. The music and lyrics to the song are appended, so everyone has a chance to sing along.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399236051
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Edition description:
BOARD
Pages:
16
Sales rank:
178,543
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
NP (what's this?)
Age Range:
1 - 3 Years

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