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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Jill Murphy / Edition: New Ed / Paperback / 32 Pages / Book is published 2006-06-05 by Walker Books Ltd

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      21.11.2012 11:58
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      A lovely book to share with your child

      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!

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        28.07.2011 10:23
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        Lots for both children and parents to enjoy

        The book begins with Mrs Large (an elephant) looking despairingly at the sight of her three children having breakfast (complete with a bowl of cereal on the baby's head). Any parent will recognise that feeling in the morning, as you grasp your coffee cup, of wondering whether you can get through the day without five minutes' peace. The story centres on Mrs Large's quest for a moment to herself, and in this respect I feel it is much more a book for parents than it is for children. Having said that, there are some funny moments that will have your children giggling, and you never know - they might pick up on the central message which is that Mums need FIVE MINUTES' PEACE! The illustrations are very detailed, so the book is not so good for babies who need clear visuals. It is ideal for older children who are able to identify the items in the pictures, as there is lots to talk about on each page. On each double-page spread there is a main illustration which shows the action described, and nothing is left out down to the dirty washing in the tub by the bath or the childrens' pictures on the wall of the kitchen. There are also illustrations around the words, highlighting key elements of the story such as Mrs Large's breakfast tray. You therefore have two books in one, as the pictures allow for lots of discussion with your children of other things that are going on in the Large household apart from the story itself. It takes around 3 minutes to read the story, and as the book is only 23cmx9cm it is a handy size to pop into a bag to take on your travels. It would be a good book if the characters were all human, but the fact that they are a family of elephants adds to the enjoyment as you have the wonderful visuals of an elephant drying herself with a towel, or 4 elephants crowding into the bath. I will certainly be looking out for Jill Murphy's other Large Family books.

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        08.06.2011 09:00
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        A lovely story about the quest for peace

        Five minutes peace isn't that what all parents wish for many times within their day, this book covers exactly what every parent goes through. Five minutes peace was read to use when I was a school and that was 20 years ago so straight away I knew it was a good book when I started lookin g for books to buy my daughter. The RRP of the book is £5.99 but you can buy it for £3.79 on Amazon, I did really well and found a 5 book set on ebay which I got for just over £8. The books in the series are written and illustrated by jill murphy, the book was first published in 1986 although the edition we own was published in 2006 by Walker books. The book is A4 size and displayed in landscape, the front cover shows Mrs Large in the bath with a very disgruntled look on her face all around her is chaos with her three eldest children. The background is grey in colour which fades from dark grey at the top down to light grey at the bottom, the pictures are very bright and the cover of the book is very inviting. The story begins with Mrs large entering the kitch in her home and finding her children having breakfast, not pleased by the sight she loads up a breakfast tray for herself and with the newspaper makes a swift exit. Laura notices her mother sneaking off and asks where she is going and when she and her siblings are told their mother wants five minutes peace they decide to follow her. The children are told to play downstairs and Mrs Large manages to ruin herself a bath but almost instantly Lester is in the bathroom insisiting on playing his mother a tune on his recorder added to by Laura a few minutes later insisting on reading to her mother. Finally the little one joins in with an armful of toys which he decides to present to his mother in her bath water and then the three children take Mrs Larges paper for themselves. Mrs Large gives up when all three children climb into the bath so gets into her dressing gown and goes into the kitchen where she manages to get 3 minutes and 45 second peace before they all come and join her. The book is set out with words and pictures on the left hand page and a large picture on the right hand page on every double spread. The pictures are all simple and each drawing is in bold colour without shading and lots of detailing but they are still brilliant pictures. The pictures tell the story without even needing the words and my daughter enjoys pointing out what is happening in the pictures such as when laura starts reading to her mother lester is sat on the toilet seat arms folded and looking grumpy. My daughter finds it funny that she disturbs me in the bath just the same as is happening in the story although at least she just wants to see where I am rather thsan performing for me. I love that these books cover everyday issues and the way families work together and the way the book is funny to both adult and child making them enjoyable to read as well as listen to. I would say this book would probably be best for about 3 years upover but even younger ones can enjoy the bright pictures, this book and all the series highly recommended.

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          06.11.2009 13:53
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          A great kiddies book, which may help mum get five minutes peace!

          Mrs Large is tired. Tired of mess and tired of being in demand from her three children. She is a mother who needs just five minutes peace and quiet. I know that I have certainly felt like this at times, as I'm sure most parents have. Just one little moment to myself, without a demanding thought running through my mind, oh the luxury! Jill Murphy has written this lovely children's picture book 'Five Minutes' Peace' which captures the ideal of a moment to ourselves fantastically. Mrs Large is large, as she is an elephant. She has three children, Laura, Lester and 'the little one'. Arriving downstairs, as they live in a human way (houses and possessions), Mrs Large is greeted with an unpleasant sight, kids eating breakfast, food on the floor and the dining area trashed. To escape reality for a while, Mrs Large prepares a tray of tea and toast for herself, and heads upstairs sneakily. The children are far too astute and immediately ask her where she is going and why. She explains she needs five minutes peace, and asks her little darlings to stay downstairs. Mrs Large is very composed and remains focused on her treasured moments ahead. Mrs Large manages to get into a bath full of bubbles, drinks her tea, closes her eyes, peace. This is until Lester comes in asking for her to listen to his recorder playing. Poor Mrs Large, and the good Mum that she is, she listens. She is then disrupted by Laura, followed by the little one. Each child demanding her attention, eating her toast and ultimately jumping into her bath. The only way to escape is to go back to the messy kitchen whilst the children play in the bath, for a few minutes! This picture book is lovely to read and share. It sends out a very important message in a very simplistic manner. It is aimed at young listeners, 2 to 7 years, and really puts across that even 'mum' needs to take a break every now and then. It is hard for my brood to understand that sometimes, not too often, a little mum or dad time is required! Jill Murphy and done a wonderful job in both writing and especially illustrating 'Five Minutes Peace'. The text is fairly large and easy to read. There is a lot of speech, so it is fun to apply different voices to Mrs Large and her children. Mrs Large is tired and firm in her manner, the children are persistent and quite argumentative with each other. The illustrations are what makes this book so special. You can actually tell the story from just looking at the pictures. To start with there is plenty of detail, and lots of appropriate colours. Mrs Large has rollers in her minimal elephant hair and the children are wearing brightly coloured pyjamas with holes in the backs for their tails, on the walls there are pictures done by the children. The best bit are the facial expressions of the family. Mrs Large looks so deflated at times, her face tells her story perfectly. I have found that by reading this book and discussing each page with my boys, so much information is gained from the pictures. My boys could identify that the young elephants had made a mess and understood why Mrs Large wanted five minutes peace. They could also describe how Mrs Large was feeling when her peace was ruined by each of her children. So, now when I need those precious five minutes and hear the word "Mum", I mention the word Mrs Large! This is an enjoyable story, focusing on the Large family. Jill Murphy has written a number of other books around this lovely family. The Large's have also made it to the t.v screen, and their antics have been made into a series of short cartoons. I love this book, it is short and gives a great little message. Most parents would have reached the need for peace at one time or another. Just a small break from house duties and demanding children. I think the 'bliss' seen on Mrs Large's face, as she lies in the bath, before being interrupted, is the picture many would appreciate and remember when their little one's are being rather demanding! Five Minutes Peace is published by Walker Books ISBN 0-7445-0918-1

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            18.09.2009 13:51
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            Yet another classic childrens book that every child should own

            Post childbirth a hot cup of tea during daylight hours is the stuff of legends. The instant the kettle goes on the demands start and the mini disasters unfold. If you're lucky to get as far as adding hot water to tea bag something will then happen leaving you with a mug of incredibly strong cold tea, usually without the milk. On the rare occassion that someone presents you with a mug of steaming hot tea just the way you like it your offspring will choose that precise moment in time to fill their nappy leaving an ominous odour in their wake or they'll rush through the door covered in blood or paint or toothpaste. A mug of tea is the parents equivalent of an air raid warning siren. Its a sign of impending disaster. Any parent will totally empathise with Mrs Large, mother of three, as she attempts to sneak off to the only room in the house with a lock on the door for five minutes peace. Thats not much to ask is it? Just five uninterupted minutes. Alone. Mrs Larges getaway is foiled at the first hurdle as her offfspring notice her departure. Despite employing diversionary tactics worthy of Mrs Doubtfire the invasion of the bathroom commences in under a minute with a recorder serenade. This is rapidly followed by a recital of Litle Red Riding Hood and a gift of several dozen large toys followed by their fully clothed owner. Mrs Large does eventually manage her five minutes peace, but not in the way she'd planned them. Five minutes peace will appeal to parents everywhere and children will love the colourful ilustrations. Five minutes peace is available in paperback and as a toddler friendly board book.

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              14.01.2009 23:26
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              A BOOK THAT WILL BE READ OVER AND OVER AND MAKES READING A BIT FUN FOR THE ADULT TOO!!

              FIVE MINUTES PEACE - JILL MURPHY I am going to review this children's book about The Large Family. A very large family, as in elephants. Not your grey true to life safari type elephants, but cute and cuddly elephants. I have chosen this book because it is great for adults; forget the kids for a minute, if you have to read the same story night after night, it would be nice if it had something in it for you. ***WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?*** Well Jill Murphy (brilliant children's author) has written a series of books about The Large Family and this one centres on mum and her quest to get five minutes' peace to herself. This is a book that most adults will identify with, and perhaps in reading it with their children, might get this message across subtly to their children. Or not. I tried it for years and didn't get anywhere; a journey to the toilet alone was a major achievement. Anyway, in the book Mrs. Large is observing a fine mess while her three children are eating (and I think wearing!) their breakfast. She begins to get a tray of tea and toast together, slips the newspaper in her pocket and tries to sneak away...Sound familiar? Her children look despondent and ask where she is going. She replies that she is going to the bathroom to have five minutes peace. The children ask if they can come, to which she replies 'no' and informs them that they must play by themselves and watch the baby. Mrs. Large makes it into the bath, settles down and is finally in heaven. For about 5 seconds. One by one each child comes to the bathroom to ask a favour; to play their recorder, to listen to Laura read - each time she graciously gives in and dutifully pays attention. Even the baby manages to dump all their toys in the bath; they become settled and fire a series of 'Can I' questions at her, whilst she increasingly looks disgruntled. Finally they all pile in the bath. Mrs. Large get out and she....Well, I don't want to spoil the ending for you - will she ever get her five minutes. You will have to read the book to find out. ***AVAILABILITY*** It was published in 1986 by Walker books and is still going strong! It is available on Amazon for £4.19, although there are used ones on there for 1p plus postage. The Book People also sometimes have them in a set or as a compilation. It is suitable for any children from playgroup age to around 6. It is definately worth investing in and Jill Murphy also writes other books for older children like The Worst Witch or The Last Noo Noo for very young children. ***OPINION*** These books would definately be in my top ten books for children under 6. They don't take too long to read and have lasting appeal. There is quite a bit of dialogue in them, which I also like as it gives you a chance to trying out your different 'voices'. I also like that it is true to life - well, about as true as you can get, when elephants are depicting human dilemmas. The different age range of the elephants are also good, because when you are reading it with more than one child, they too can identify with one of the characters. My daughter loved them, as she too is named Laura, like the eldest child, sorry elephant. The illustrations are lovely too, with a large picture on the right hand side, and a smaller picture on the left, with the story. Alot of the language is repetitive, "Can I?" for instance, which means older reader might be able to begin to pick up some of the story themselves. *** SUMMARY*** My advice is to buy it - you might be luckier than I was - it's influence might mean you get your five minutes...

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                24.05.2008 11:40
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                Great picture book for Mums and children

                Jill Murphy's 'Five Minutes' Peace' is a charming picture book for very young children. The story centres around a family of elephants (Mum and three children) and begins as they are having breakfast. This is not a pleasant sight. The baby elephant has a cereal bowl upturned on his head, and there is a mess all over the floor. Mum, who charmingly has curlers in the few wisps of hair on her head, sets a tray and puts the newspaper in her pocket. She tells her offspring that she is going to the bathroom to get five minutes' peace from 'you lot'. The children immediately ask to come along, but she firmly tells them to stay downstairs. Mum runs herself a bath and pours a cup of tea. She is in heaven, soaking in the suds, but it doesn't last for long. Her son Lester barges in and asks if he can play her a tune on his recorder. Mum is not amused, but of course she gives in and Lester plays 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star' more than just the once. He has established a precedent, and the daughter Laura is upset when Mum initially says she may not read aloud to her. Mum realises she is being unfair, so she allows Laura to read from 'Little Red Riding Hood', and naturally Laura takes advantage of the situation and reads more than just the one page. Baby is not to be outdone, so he comes up and throws all his toys in the bath. The three children bombard Mum with questions: Laura wants to see the cartoons in the paper, Lester wants Mum's cake, and baby wants to get in the bath with Mum. That seems like a signal for all three to jump in, and poor Mum groans. She decides to get out of the bath, and announces that she is going back down to the kitchen for her five minutes' peace. Do you think she gets it? You'll have to read the book to find out. This is a picture book for very young children who are highly unlikely to understand that Mum needs a few minutes to herself now and again, and it might just do the trick of helping them to realise this. Although she is thinking of herself, the mother elephant here does encourage her children, allowing one to play a musical instrument and another to read to her. We feel that these are things that they often do together. Mum doesn't shout at her children and lose her temper with them. She leaves them to get on with what they are doing and takes herself off somewhere else. She is a great Mum with children who obviously are very attached to her, and she understands that if she is good to herself every now and then she will be better geared towards giving her children her best when they need it. The illustrations accompanying the story are delightful, including those of the family parading one behind the other for the frontispiece and again after the story finishes. We can appreciate Mum's feelings when we see the mayhem at (and under) the breakfast table, and identify with her when we see her briefly relaxing in the bath, reading her paper and enjoying a cuppa. Although first written more than twenty years ago, 'Five Minutes' Peace' is still tremendously popular today. It is one of those stories that can appeal to adults just as much as to children, and as such makes itself a perfect book for reading aloud. Dad does not appear in the story; he may of course be at work, but it may be that this is a single mum struggling to cope with the demands on her time. I would suggest that it is suitable for children aged between three- and six-years-old. It might also be suitable for confident young readers to have a bash at themselves. It's definitely the perfect book for demonstrating that Mums give their children their all, but there comes a time when they need to pamper themselves just a little. Five Minutes' Peace by Jill Murphy Walker Books Ltd, 2006 Paperback, 32 pages ISBN 1844285391 Price £5.99 (Amazon £4.99)

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                  17.02.2008 19:23
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                  Bathtime With elephants

                  Jill Murphy is a very talented childrens book writer and she was born in London where she attended Ursuline Convent in Wimbledon. She later attended both Chelsea and Croydon Art Schools. She worked as a Nanny until she bcame a full-time Author and Illustrator. She has written many children's books but the Large Family books are my favourites. Five Minutes Peace was first published in 1986 by Walker books Ltd. Five Minutes Peace was short listed for the Childrens Book Award in 1986 and in 1987 was the winner of the Parents Magazine Best Books For Babies Award. Other Large Family Books include: All In One Piece, A Piece Of Cake, A Quiet Night In, Mr Large In Charge, The Large Family:Laura Bakes A Cake. The Large Family:Luke Tidies Up Five minutes peace is a book about a family of elephants, the Large family. Mr and Mrs Large and their three children, Lester Large, Laura Large, and Baby Large (the Little One). Mrs Large has had enough, the children are making a mess whilst having breakfast, she decides to sneak upstairs for five minutes peace, a bath, a nice cup of tea, a plate of marmalade toast some leftover cake and a newspaper, but the children have other ideas.......just as Mrs Large is starting to relax in comes Lester with his recorder to play a tune "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" closely followed by Laura who wants to read and proceeds to read a few pages of "Little Red Riding Hood" and then in comes the Baby with a trunkful of toy's "For you" he says and throws them in the bath water. In the end they all get in and little one even forgets to take off his pyjamas (which the children I look after find very funny). Mrs Large sneaks back downstairs and gets three minutes forty-five seconds of peace before they all join her. The books have lovely bright pictures and the children I look after relate to these and ask questions about them(particularly the breakfast and bath scenes e.g "Why is baby putting his cereal on his head?", "Why is it messy under the table?", "Why has baby got his pjamas on?", "Why are they squirting each other with water through their trunks?", "Why does Mrs Large look cross?" (bath picture where all the Large children have jumped in with her). Five minutes peace is a lovley book with a funny story and we love to read it in my setting again and again. I have read this book to children between two and six years old and we have all enjoyed it. We usually read it together as a group, questions welcomed throughout the story, and we do have to stop regularly for questions. Great book for smaller children. Walker books from £1.99 for small version (Little Favourites) to £5.99 for large version(available at amazon.co.uk for £4.79 at the moment).

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                    16.06.2001 00:18
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                    This book is brilliant, it has humour, although the mum in the book wouldn't agree it also gave my daughter a better understanding of how I need 5 minutes sometimes too. I could see the recognition in her face on the similarities between our conversations on the subject and the conversations in the book. Very well illustrated most children I think adore animals playing the part of a human family. It is also very good for long journeys, as it can fit in a small bag.

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                      Can you imagine what it is like in my house at times. Lots of children all vying for my attention. This is quite nice at times but there are times when all I want is 5 minutes peace. Where do I go for that peace? I like to go to the bath. Guess what I do not get the peace in there they all have something to say to me. At least they do not get in my bath that would be the last straw! Jill Murphy has capured this aspect of my family life down to the minutest detail in her book Five Minutes Peace. In this book the mother is a rather large elephant called Mrs Large. I may need to loose a bit of weight but I am not that large. She has 3 young children and all they want to do is keep her bust and like all mums it gets too much for her. I have 4 children but they are probably not as demanding. As Mrs Large gets comfortable in the bath her children come to entertain her with songs, stories and music. The poor mother has no chance of getting her five minutes peace. I know how she must feel. I was sure that Jill Murphy must have raided my home to observe the behavior of my family. This is a very entertaining book which is enjoyed by both the reader and the listener, whether it is a parent reading to a young child or an early reader reading to a patient parent. I would recommend this book to any one with young children it is a heartwarming book. Well written and well illustrated.

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                        I first came across this lovely story book at my school where it is a firm favourite with Class 3, a group of young children with complex and profound learning difficulties. Not that this book is designed especially for children with special needs - it just happens to be a book which *all* children can relate to. See if you can work out why... Many of Jill Murphy's books are based around about a family of elephants, Mr and Mrs Large and their three children, Lester Large, Laura Large, and Baby Large. In this particular story, Mrs Large just wants five minutes of peace and quiet. But in a humorously realistic fashion, her children follow her around the house begging for her attention. As she tries to relax in the bath, she is "entertained" by Lester screeching "Twinkle Twinkle" on his recorder, then Laura reading a book to her, then Baby who shares his toys with Mum by throwing them in the tub. Children love this story, because they have all, with no exception, heard Mum or Dad or aunty Jean wistfully wishing for five minutes peace. The repetition in the story is especially good for our children, but also for any young child, to develop familiarity and anticipation. We dramatised the story, splashing about with water and water spray for the bath, listening to a recorder, and the story of "Little Red Riding Hood", the book which Laura reads to Mrs Large. Most of our children have visual impairments, so we leave out the fact that the Large family are actually elephants - most of our children wouldn't know what an elephant is anyway. However the fact that they are elephants is appealing for very young children, and it also makes Jill Murphy's books about the Large family instantly recognisable. So did Mrs Large ever get her Five Minutes Peace? You'll have to read the book and find out, but rest assured that elephants aside, this book is realistic to the very last word! < br>

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                          08.02.2001 17:01
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                          I decided to purchase this book on the recommendations of the Dooyoo Members. Their opinions were so right about this book it really is a short but excellent read. The story is based around a young family of elephants. Mrs Large has three children Lester, Laura and Baby and all the poor Mother wants as the title suggests is “Five Minutes Peace”. Mrs Large makes herself a lovely breakfast and tries to sneak off upstairs and have a little time for herself. The children however are already eating their breakfast and the kitchen now looks like a bomb has hit it. There are cornflakes over the floor, spilt drinks and toys everywhere. Sounds familiar unfortunately it does to me and I expect most parents with young children. Mealtimes in my house must be similar to feeding time at the local zoo! Anyway back to the story, Mrs Large gets caught sneaking off and is hastily followed up the stairs by her three little children asking her where she is going and that all to frequently used word “WHY”. She manages to run herself a deep, hot bath and plonks herself into it sighing with relief at the prospect of perhaps today she may have a lovely soak in the bath in peace. Of course it was obvious really that she was never going to be so lucky and in enters the first of the children armed with a recorder ready to practise his skills. Poor Mrs Large, Twinkle Twinkle was then drummed into her ears and played over and over again, well in fact three and a half times. Next to walk in is Laura who wants to read a book to her Mother. When Mrs Large then tells them to go downstairs, Laura gets offended as she now puts the guilt trip on her Mother because she listened to Lester play his recorder and now will not listen to her read a book. She then has to sit and listen to four and a half pages of Little Red Riding Hood being read to her. Finally the youngest enters the bathroom and proceeds to chuck all his toys into the bath water. Before long they all get into the bath and the exhausted Mother ends up getting out. Mrs Little then dries herself and slopes off downstairs to get that precious five minutes peace she has longed for. She ended up getting only three minutes and forty- five seconds before her children joined her. This book is complete reality that every parent can relate to. I have two young children under the age of four and even trying to write this opinion I have had to keep stopping and make them drinks, food and try and make them entertain themselves for just FIVE MINUTES. This book will be kept by my bedside so when I am feeling broody again I will just flip open this book and read it again.

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                            27.01.2001 04:53
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                            A charming Book I would thoughly recommend is "Five Minutes Peace" written by Jill Murphy. This is a enchanting tale about the Large family who incidently are Elephants. Mrs.Large is seen grimmacing at the sight of Her three children eating breakfast and the not to pretty mess they have made. She fills a tray with toast,marmalade and a pot of tea and sneaks off out of the kitchen,hoping not to be seen. It wasnt to be as the children spot Her and ask where She is going,She explains to the bathroom because She wants to have five minutes peace from them. But this is not what the children have in mind as they follow Her up the stairs. Mrs.Large is relaxing in the bath when one by one the little darlings appear. Lester wants to play the recorder to Her for only one minute,this extends to three and a half times. Laura wants to read one page of Her Book,this extends to four and a half pages. In comes the little one with a trunkful of toys "For You" he beams as He throws them in the water. Eventually all the children end up in the Bath and Mrs.Large gives up and gets out. Downstairs She manages to get three minutes and forty five seconds of peace. My children adore this Book,they think its particularly funny when all the children get in the Bath with Mrs.Large. I Myself enjoy this Book as its a witty tale of what most of us Mums go through at one time or another. The illustrations in this Book are excellant. They capture Mrs.Large's facial expressions of sheer frustration and annoyance to a tee. The children are lovable characters,I especially like the little one whose tummy is showing due to His pyjamas being a wee bit to small. The use of colour is good too,plenty of it but not to bright. The attention to detail is brilliant.For instance Mrs,Large has three pink rollers on the tiniest bit of hair on Her head. There are various pictures around the kitchen obviously drawn by the children and toys are seen literally everywhere. The breakfast scene shows half eaten toast,a jar of honey knocked over,and all around are little nic nak ornaments all these little things add up to a real Homely feel. With all this attention to detail you would think the page would be overloaded,this isnt the case as the artist has laid out images so well,it doesnt distract from the focal point. It also has quite large text good for children learning to read. The best thing about this Book though is its so very true to life.

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                              24.08.2000 06:59
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                              This is a story that I'm sure all parents can relate to. It features the wonderful Large family - an ordinary family of elephants! Mrs large has decided on this particular morning that she wants to have 5 minutes peace from her three offspring. However naturaly the children have other ideas. Whatever Mrs Large tries to do to 'escape' the children they follow her in typical children fashion. When she goes in the bath the eldest insists on playing his recorder another wants to read her book outloud and the baby eventually gets in with her. My kids think this is a really funny story but as a parent who often craves five minutes peace I can certainly relate to it! By the way Mrs Large ends up getting three minutes and forty five seconds of peace.

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                                21.07.2000 21:04
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                                Five minutes peace is a book that both children and adult can relate to on a different level. How many times have we adults had our sleep disturbed making rest impossible until the course of the inevitable happens. You finally drop off to sleep finally to be woken by the alarm clock. Children can relate to the humour in the story whilstadults relate to the frustrations of life. the illustrations in his story are of a high quality as is the language used in the text.

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                              This is a modern picture-book classic - there's never a dull moment with the Large family! One morning Mrs Large, needing some peace and quiet away from her boisterous children, decides to take refuge in the bathroom. She fills herself a foamy bubble-bath and takes in a tray of her favourite breakfast...but finds her peace is to be very short-lived! It is the winner of the Best Books for Babies Award. "The Large Family" series has sold nearly four million copies worldwide.