Today Is Monday

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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 ...
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Overview

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.

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

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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.
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698115637
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 96,392
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 11.26 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Carle
Eric Carle
Children learn about the natural world in Eric Carle's original, charming books, which include classics such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me. Carle's vivid tissue-paper illustrations and innovations in book design have made him an author whose longevity and continued popularity are testaments to his beloved status among young readers and parents.

Biography

Ever since he began innovating the look and function of children's stories in the late 1960s, Eric Carle has remained an author whose stories reliably hit the bestseller lists and remain on kids' bookshelves through generations.

He began as a designer of promotions and ads, and one illustration of a red lobster helped jump-start his career. The lobster caught the eye of author Bill Martin, Jr.; Martin asked Carle to illustrate the now-classic 1967 title Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and a career was born.

Born in Syracuse, New York but brought by his immigrant parents back to Germany when he was six, Carle was educated in Stuttgart and designed posters for the United States Information Center there after graduating from art school. He finally returned to the country he missed so much as a child in 1952.

He eventually began procuring work on children's titles, and found himself becoming increasingly involved in them. "I felt something of my own past stirring in me," he wrote in a 2000 essay. "An unresolved part of my own education needed reworking, and I began to make books -- books for myself, books for the child in me, books I had yearned for. I became my own teacher -- but this time an understanding one."

He began his career with the 1968 title 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo; but his next title, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is what still endears him to young readers today. Employing his bright, collage style and lending an immediacy to the tale by manifesting the caterpillar's hunger in actual holes in the pages, Carle began what would be a long career of creative approaches to simple stories. From the chirp emerging from The Very Quiet Cricket to the delightful fold-out pages in Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, Carle's books provide surprises that make his stories come alive in ways that many titles for preschoolers do not.

Carle's style, with its diaphanous, busy and bold artwork, is perfect for engaging new readers. His stories are also popular with parents and educators for their introductions to the natural world and its cycles. It's a particular pleasure to follow Carle into different corners of the world and see what can be learned from the creatures who live in them.

Good To Know

Regularly asked where he gets his ideas, Carle is quoted on his publisher's web site as responding: "Of course, the question of where ideas come from is the most difficult of all. Some people like to say they get ideas when they're in the shower. That's always a very entertaining answer, but I think it's much deeper than that. It goes back to your upbringing, your education, and so forth." He does say, however, that the idea for The Very Hungry Caterpillar came when he whimsically began punching holes in some paper, which suggested to him a bookworm at work. His editor later suggested he change the bookworm to a caterpillar, and the rest is history.

Carle was unhappy to be in Germany when his immigrant parents brought him back there as a child. He hated his new school and wanted to go back to America. He said: "When it became apparent that we would not return, I decided that I would become a bridge builder. I would build a bridge from Germany to America and take my beloved German grandmother by the hand across the wide ocean."

Before he became a freelance illustrator and began working on children's books, Carle worked as a graphic designer for the New York Times and as art director of an ad agency.

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    1. Hometown:
      Northampton, Massachusetts and the Berkshires
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 25, 1929
    2. Place of Birth:
      Syracuse, New York
    1. Education:
      Akademie der bildenden K√ľnste, Stuttgart, 1946-50
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2000

    Best days of the week and nutrition song and book ever

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    Great book, loved it as a child and still do.

    Great book, loved it as a child and still do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    great for beginner readers

    teaches children the days of the week and reviews backwards. illustrations are wonderful. board book is best for your money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Highly Recommrnded

    Very cute and the children love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2011

    Highly Recommended!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2010

    Today Is Monday by Eric Carle

    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!

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    Posted July 19, 2010

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