Book Summary:

In this enduring story from a time not so long ago, Annie and her sister help Mama with washing the clothes on Monday morning. From gathering and sorting the clothes, to washing and hanging them outside to dry, to folding and putting them away, the family works together to get the job done. The illustrations, created through hand-painted cut-paper collages, bring the reader to a time in the Midwest when doing the laundry was an all-day family chore.

Our Review:

“Monday is Wash Day” is an adorably illustrated children’s book.  I absolutely love the unique paper-esque illustrations used on each page to guide along the story.  

The book follows two sisters and their brother as their mother declares it is wash day.  They begin with hunting any dirty clothes around the house, sorting them into whites, lights, and darks, and begin the washing/rinsing process.  The book is set during an older time at which point the family had to add their own water to the washer and wring their clothes out through a wringer, rinse multiple times to remove the soap, and wring them out again, followed by hanging them on the clothesline.  A little later, the girls help their mother bring in the dry clothes, sort them, fold them, and put them away.

I think this book would be a great example to show how far the laundry process has come and what we used to do by hand that machines now do for us.  I also enjoyed the main point of the story, which is: work first, then play.  I feel like this is a simple but important lesson for children to learn as they grow older, and I think it was captured beautifully in this book!  After a long day of work with the laundry, the sisters ran outside to enjoy their playtime before supper.  It showed the benefit of more enjoyable play once the work was done!

Again, a sweet story, and one which I certainly recommend for homeschoolers.

      • Age Range: 5 – 7 years
      • Hardcover: 44 pages
      • Publisher: Ripple Grove Press (September 27, 2016)
      • Language: English
      • ISBN-10: 0991386663
      • ISBN-13: 978-0692361689
      • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 0.4 x 8.7 inches
      • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds




Writing prompt:  Annie wants to play but has to help Mama with the washing before she can play.  By the end of the day, she enjoys her playtime once the work is done.  Why is it better to work before play?

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Interactive Spelling Games for “Monday is Wash Day”

Alphabetize Arrange the words in alphabetical order.
Hang Mouse Complete each word by filling in the letters one at a time.
Missing Letter Figure out which letter is missing from each word.
Test-N-Teach Practice spelling words and hear them used in sentences.
Word Unscramble Rearrange the letters to correctly spell the words on the list.


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