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Five Minutes' Peace Board book – March 15, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 2 years
  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile; Brdbk Rep edition (March 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399257071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399257070
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 0.1 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers 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.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 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
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Very cute story with nice sized colored pictures.
Bonnie Rivera
The kids might not get the humor but you will enjoy reading this book to your young kids.
Mema
I always chuckle the first time I read a new-to-me book in the Large family series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ...Loggie... on June 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
All mothers will easily be able to relate to Mrs. Large. Mrs. Large just wants five minutes of peace away from her three children, so she decides to take a bath. Minutes later her children join her, one by one, and end up in the bathtub with her. Finally she has had enough, and goes downstairs "where she had three minutes and forty-five seconds of peace before they all came to join her."
Mrs. Large and her family are all elephants, which causes for some absolutely wonderful drawings. My favorite is probably when she is sitting in the bathtub, sipping tea, while wearing a yellow flowered shower cap. The pictures in general are really cute, colorful and expressive. The story is told in a very straightforward, endearing manner. In my opinion, this is a great book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 1998
Format: Perfect Paperback
Has a plot that EVERY mother will know all too well. Mrs. Elephant futilely tries to relax in the bath; this is impossible with her three active kids. Illustrations are colorful and funny, so is the story. Great gift for ages 3-5 years; older siblings will enjoy listening to it as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kaelsen on January 19, 2014
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This was one of the boys' favorite books when they were small! And mine too. I never tired of reading it to them! My aunt is a child psychologist and has this and others by Jill Murphy in her waiting room. There are too many parents out there feeling guilty.....this book will take the sting out of guilt and replace it with the knowledge that you are not the only parent who just wants five minutes of peace and quiet!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Manhattan Mom of Twins on May 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
After ranting on the phone to a friend about my life with twin toddlers, she sent this book to me as a gift. What a gift! It was a huge hit for the whole family! It made me laugh because it captured my exasperation with mothering toddlers in an honest and humorous way. My girls loved Jill Murphy's amusing illustrations and the funny chaos that the Large kids create. And most importantly, they were able to empathize with Mrs. Large. Woo hoo! It gave us the perfect set up to teach our kids that parents need breaks too (and that even a shortened break of 3 minutes and 45 seconds is a welcome respite to refuel the zapped energy!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alice E. Hudson on March 20, 2007
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I love to give this book to new mothers. It was given to me when I had my first daughter and it made me laugh! How true it is to try and get a simple bath or shower once you have a child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Jewell on September 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you want a book that entertains not only the child but also the parent, this is it.

My husband used to read it to my son over and over again. He would read it with such passion, such understanding!

Then I would read it to my son too.

This book is loved by children, fathers and mothers and all care givers. You will love it too!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 1999
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The text and illustrations on this book are exquisite. Every busy mother can identify with Mrs. Large. Highly recommend for all mothers....
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 1996
Format: Hardcover
This book is an excellent story for mother's of young children! This book will make any mother feel as if the author has actually followed her around the house for a morning! I use the book as gifts to my "mom" friends ... it's kind of a celebration gift and a way to tell them, "You are not alone!!!"
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