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Five minutes peace
Five Minutes' Peace - Jill Murphy
Member Name: louisechackett
Five Minutes' Peace - Jill Murphy
Advantages: easy to read, enjoyable, lovely illustrations
I remember buying five minutes peace at a book fair in a primary school when I was doing my teacher training degree as I thought it would be a useful resource. I ended up leaving University in my third year like a massive idiot because I didn't want to teach anymore but this book has been used plenty seen as I have a son now and I want him to love books. This is my review of five minutes peace by Jill Murphy.
The book is published by Walker Books Ltd and was first published in 1986 and so I think it is testament to the quality of the book and the author that it is still available for purchase now.
Five minutes peace is probably something that we will all have wished for or asked for as a parent and the case is the same for Mrs Large who is an elephant and mother of three small demanding elephants. This book tells us about Mrs Larges attempts to just grab five minutes peace away from her children as she tries to sneak away to the bathroom with her breakfast to have a relaxing bath but of course it is never that easy with small children! She finds that all of the children demand some of her time even as she tries to get some peace away from them and in the end they all end up in the bath with her so it is certainly not the relaxing experience she had hoped for!
This book is a simple one which features text which is written in quite a large font and there is not a massive amount of it on each page so I think that this book is a great one for young independent readers but I also think it is a great bedtime story to share with your children from around two or three years onwards. My son is seven now and we will still sometimes read this one as a bedtime story when we are looking for something nice and easy to read. The story is something which I think parents will enjoy too as they will be able to empathise with just trying to grab a few minutes peace and quiet but finding that the children want to show them something or want their attention for some other reason. Both my son and I find it amusing that Mrs Large manages to get three minutes and forty five seconds of peace in the end before all of the children come to find her!
There is a nice use of repetition in the book when Mrs Large tells the children that she is leaving a room "because she wants five minutes peace from YOU lot" and this is something that my son would join in with as he became familiar with the story.
There is a page of text with a small picture on the side and then a full page illustration opposite to it and I have to say that the pictures in this book are really lovely. They do a great job of telling us how the characters in the book are feeling especially the tired and frustrated Mrs Large. They are nicely coloured and just pleasant to look at I think and they really add to the quality of the book as a whole in my opinion.
This book is currently selling on amazon for £4.89 and I think this is a good price to pay for a book which is sure to be a hit with young children and a lovely book to share at bedtime or throughout the day.
Thank you for reading my review!
Summary: A lovely book to share with your child