It derives from the original first verse of "Shortenin' Bread":
Two little (insert N-word here)
Lyin' in bed
One of 'em sick
An' de odder mos' dead.
Call for de doctor
An' de doctor said,
"Feed dem darkies on shortenin' bread"
We all know the chorus:
Mammy's little baby loves
Mammy's little baby love shortenin' bread.
Unfortunate, but true. Like many children's rhymes and songs, the rhythm of the verse was too catchy for people to abandon, so parents/teachers simply changed the characters and the action. "Monkeys" belies this... unfortunately monkeys and apes have often been used as stand-in characters for African-Americans.
This rhyme was beginning to be cleansed as early as the late 1930s. My 77-year-old mother heard "Five Little Monkeys" on my child's Baby Genius CD recently and said "Monkeys? It's 'Five Little Darkies' and the doctor says to feed them shortenin' bread!" So the N word was already out of favor in the northeast US by the time she was a child, and "darkies" was preferred for both the beginning and ending phrase.
The Five Little Monkeys - 2013 is rated/received certificates of: Australia:G
The author of the book 'Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed' is Eileen Christelow. It is a children's book and one can purchase it from Amazon for $9.89.
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This children's book is by Eileen Christelow.
Annie Kubler has written: 'Ten Little Monkeys' 'Five Little Ducks (Classic Books With Holes)'
The rhyme itself (generally given as "Five Little Monkeys") is in the public domain, but certain instances of it (such as illustrated books, recordings, etc.) may have their own copyrights.
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Five Minutes with Arctic Monkeys was created in 2005-05.
It appears that the song writer for Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed is unknown. Eileen Christelow authored a children's picture book that was published in March of 1989 with this title. It won the IRA/CBC Children's Choice Award in 1990.
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The phrase "monkey's uncle" is often used as an expression of disbelief. The origin of the phrase began with Darwin and his belief that monkeys and humans were related.