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Today Is Monday Paperback – August 4, 1997

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From Publishers Weekly

Taking his culinary cue from the well-known children's song, Carle dishes up a smorgasbord of creatures and comestibles. Bold spreads feature larger-than-life birds and animals enthusiastically partaking of their favorite foods: a mottled snake sucks up unruly spaghetti strands, while a calico cat lays a protective paw on Thursday's roast beef. Though the cumulative rhyme is little more than a grocery list, Carle injects energy and movement with his signature rainbow-like collages. Exotic hues--a turquoise elephant, an emerald fish, a parrot of Technicolor plumage--glow with vitality as if illuminating the animal's inner core. Yet despite their radiance these are down-to-earth animals imbued with the loving clumsiness of a child's artwork. The final spread shows children--also of various skin colors--wolfing down the various foods at a sumptuous banquet, as the featured animals look on from paintings on the wall. The song's music and lyrics bring this feast to a satisfying close. Ages 3-7.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover 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
  • Lexile Measure: NP (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (August 4, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0698115635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698115637
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.1 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I bought the board book format and my 20 month old grand-daughter (who has many, many Eric Carle books) has added it to her library. Eric Carle does it again - naming the days of the week and food items - Monday-string beans, Tuesday-spaghetti, Wednesday -zoop, etc. Right after hearing Wednesday, she'd say "zoop", giggle and chuckle. I was overjoyed! On my last visit, we read that book 10 times!
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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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Love this author. You can never go wrong for buying books for a shower gift. Reading to your child is a wonderful experience for bought parents and child. I know they will have many years of enjoyment with this book
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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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By Adrianna Hoeg on December 4, 2010
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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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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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