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From Publishers 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.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Board book edition.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 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
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (August 4, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0698115635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698115637
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
My Daughter and I love this book. It helps her remember the days of the week. We giggle and laugh and sing out the words. I highly recommend this book for any child just learning to read.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Key on July 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is cute book that teaches the days of the week with different foods in the form of a story and a song. It also uses different animals and the text is repetitive. Note to teacher: This can be used to teach math skills, different animals ,and foods. The repetitive text builds memory and can implement body movement.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adrianna Hoeg on December 4, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My 2.5 year old daughter adores this book. We bought this one as a replacement (she is very hard on books). I was a little sad that I didn't get it as hard cover, but I sit with her and we read it together, we sing it, she loves it. It is definitely her favorite book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shanna A. Gonzalez on June 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a nice illustrated book following the children's song "Today is Monday." It is illustrated in Carle's inimitable collage-art style with a different animal introducing each day and food, and ending with a lot of children sitting around a table eating the different foods. The song is repetitive and uninteresting, but the pictures are very nice. Singing books are wonderful teaching tools, and this is the best book I have found so far for teaching the days of the week.

Unfortunately there is no musical score included, but you can find it on YouTube.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ulyyf on July 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
This cumulative tale goes quickly through the days of the week, each day featuring a different animal and a different food. At the end of the book there's a bit of sheet music indicating how to sing the song.

This is a very short book, and well-suited for toddlers. Not one of my favorites, but we do manage to fit it in a few times a month.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By scducharme on November 28, 2001
Format: Board book
This book is a little bizarre. The foods chosen include a chicken that looks alive as it goes down, BUT it's a fun book with the colorful, creative illustrations that are the author's trademark. I highly recommend it since it had my toddler glued!
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I had this book for my son who is now 23 years old. Well, a slightly different version that is no longer sold. I sent this to my sweet Grand-Nephew. This is a big book with face friendly, colorful pictures. I would read it to my boy in the morning to think about what day it is. I have a more detailed review of the nearly identical book which is now out of print. (Today Is Monday/a Song Book and Wall Frieze: A Song Book and Wall Frieze by Susan Baum )
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Probay the least interesting of all Carle"s books which I.have so far read (about10.) The best the I.have so far read are The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Animals, Animals; and.The Very Busy Spider (the most adorable and charming,ironically in part because of its repetitiveness.)The"Zoop" part is.amusing to my 2-year 'old but I find the.illustrations to be off-putting and the text bland.Somewhat useful.to.teach the days of the week.
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