Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Three Little Monkeys' Can Teach Valuable Lessons to Your Own Kids

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Three Little Monkeys' Can Teach Valuable Lessons to Your Own Kids

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Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport

A woman named Hilda Snibbs owns three monkeys, Tim, Sam and Lulu. Each day she feeds them slices of banana and apple. They maintain their liveliness based on the healthful diet she serves. One day, she heads to the shop.

"Be good while I'm away," she said.

Once she leaves, the trio grows bored. Cue the ominous music here.

The monkeys creep into the closet, and soon everything is in the hall. They try to open umbrellas. They climb into boots. They pull out shoelaces and then remove the feathers from Hilda's best hat.

When Hilda returns, she finds a double-page spread of messiness. Tim, Sam and Lulu look at her with their big eyes and say nothing.

The next day, Hilda decides she must replace her ruined hat, so she leaves home again to shop.

Again, the monkeys grow bored. This time, they venture into the living room to see what they can find to play with. They empty the wastebasket. They tear up newspapers. They tip over flower vases. Next, they discover Hilda's knitting, and before long, they have climbed all over the furniture with it, leaving nothing more than a lot of knots.

"What have I done to deserve these mischievous little monkeys?" she wails when she returns to the ruined room.

Tim, Sam and Lulu look at her with their big eyes and say nothing.

Still determined to replace her ruined belongings, Hilda plans another trip out, this time to get some more wool for her knitting. Still determined to battle boredom, the monkeys go into the kitchen. There they pull all the scrub brushes out of the cupboards. They empty cleaning powder - an entire package - onto the floor. Then, they tumble into the garbage pail, which is full of potato peelings, as they overturn a saucepan of soup.

Hilda bangs the saucepan on top of the stove and shouts, "Great grief! How long can I put up with these terrible little monkeys?"

Tim, Sam and Lulu look at her with their big eyes and say nothing.

Disgruntled but undaunted, Hilda heads out to buy a can of soup. …

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