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Today Is Monday (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Today Is Monday (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Eric Carle

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Each day of the week brings a new food, until on Sunday all the world's children can come and eat it up.


Each day of the week brings a new food, until on Sunday all the world's children can come and eat it up.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In his take on the cumulative children's song, Carle "injects energy and movement with his signature rainbow-like collages," said PW. Ages 2-6. (July)
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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Turtleback Books
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9.00(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.50(d)
NP (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

The author and illustrator of one of the greatest children’s picture books of all time, Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar has sold a copy a minute since publication. With distinctive, collage-like illustrations and educational content, this picture book is renowned for its description of a caterpillar transitioning into a butterfly. Aside from The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle wrote and illustrated many other books, including Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Pancakes, Pancakes!

Brief Biography

Northampton, Massachusetts and the Berkshires
Date of Birth:
June 25, 1929
Place of Birth:
Syracuse, New York
Akademie der bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, 1946-50

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Today Is Monday 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had the experience to read Today is Monday to two of my kindergarten classes in two different schools and in both cases I had children become more interested in nutrition as well as for learning the days of the week with something that they have eaten before.It is a very developmentally approaite story. It allows for repition without redundancy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, loved it as a child and still do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
teaches children the days of the week and reviews backwards. illustrations are wonderful. board book is best for your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very cute and the children love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eric Carle's books are just wonderful. This is a great book to sing with young children and help them to learn the days of the week.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a pre-school teacher and have used this book numerous times. It has helped the children learn the days of the week to a fun tune. I would recommend this book to all!