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Want ‘Five Minutes’ Peace’? Mrs Large shares her top tips…

Mrs. Large, the elephant star of Jill Murphy’s classic picture book 'Five Minutes’ Peace' explains how to guarantee five minutes peace

Want 'Five Minutes' Peace' this Mother’s Day? Mrs Large shares her top tips...

What mum wouldn’t say no to taking an uninterrupted moment to herself?


A short period of time to take a breather from the hectic pace of everyday life. Being a parent is undoubtedly hard work, so why not make sure you enhance your own wellbeing and enjoy a precious five minutes of tranquility with our sage advice provided by none other than Mrs Large, the put-upon star of the bestselling picture book for 35 years Five Minutes’ Peace by Jill Murphy.

Read on to find out to how to you can make the most of Mother’s Day… Mrs Large style!

TIP 1: “Book a babysitter and organise a romantic evening out with your partner.” (from All in One Piece)

TIP 2: “Ask your partner to tidy the house. Make sure he enlists the children to help too.” (from Mr Large in Charge)

TIP 3: “Ask your partner to take the children out for the day. The park will ensure lots of fresh air and exercise.” (from Mr Large in Charge)


TIP 4: “Take a breather and find five minutes’ (or 3 minutes and 45 seconds to read the newspaper or pick up that book you’ve been meaning to start.” (from  Five Minutes’ Peace)

TIP 5: “Find time to relax in a hot bath full of bubbles. Bring cake and tea if you plan to be in there a while.” (from  Five Minutes’ Peace)


** 2021 marks the 35th Anniversary of Five Minutes’ Peace by Jill Murphy – a classic family picture book favourite