Bye Bye!

Bye Bye!

by Nancy Kaufmann
     
 
Even though he loves preschool, Piggy has a hard time saying goodbye to his father. He always wants another kiss and another cuddle. He wants his father to read a book to him. He wants to wave from the window as Daddy leaves. His teacher, a goose, tries to comfort Piggy by holding him for a while. Piggy enjoys his morning with the other children�birds, frogs, and

Overview

Even though he loves preschool, Piggy has a hard time saying goodbye to his father. He always wants another kiss and another cuddle. He wants his father to read a book to him. He wants to wave from the window as Daddy leaves. His teacher, a goose, tries to comfort Piggy by holding him for a while. Piggy enjoys his morning with the other children�birds, frogs, and elephants�and then Daddy comes back to pick him up. Nancy Kaufman's lively text and Jung-Hee Spetter's evocative illustrations bring this delightful story to life.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Piggy has a hard time saying good-bye on the first day of preschool in Bye, Bye! by Nancy Kaufmann. Jung-Hee Spetter's endearing Piggy, from Just a Minute! and Piggy's Birthday Dream, asks Daddy to stay and play. But when the teacher tells Daddy it's time to leave, Piggy has fun playing with a menagerie of other classmates. Lively illustrations in Spetter's trademark citrus colors capture both the fun and anxiety. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Going to school for the first time can be scary for any child. However, by utilizing animal characters, this book addresses the situation in simple terms a child will comprehend. Text consists of large sized print and appears on only one page of each two-page spread. Some, but not all, of the text consists of rhyming phrases. Soft, yet colorful illustrations hold just the right amount of humor to create a workable formula. A child will select this book over and over again and still see new things in the illustrations. The main character is a little pig and others include crocodiles, mice, elephants, ducks and crows. The teacher is a stork that exhibits some of the feelings a real teacher would demonstrate. A twist in the little pig's emotions is mastered in only two pages when he decides school is not so bad. The author adds a bonus by presenting the grown-up in the little pig's life as his father. Teachers and librarian would do well to place this book in a prominent place on the shelf. All who come in contact with it will benefit from the message. 2003, Front Street,
— Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-"Is it time for school already, Daddy? You come too." The piglet is anxious about being left with the teacher (a big white bird) and all the other students. So Daddy stays, at least for a while, and soon his child is ready-after a brief moment of anguish-to join the other little animals in their activities. At the end, of course, there's a reversal, and the little pig is reluctant to go home: "It's time to go- already!" The text is spare, with the colorful pictures carrying most of the story. The artwork is skillfully done, with soft colors and clean lines showing a classroom full of elephants, alligators, ducks, and more. The fact that it's a father instead of a mother accompanying the youngster is another plus. Overall, the story covers no new ground, but its quiet charm and perennially relevant plot make for a solid addition for most collections.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Piggy has a hard time saying goodbye to his father on the first day of school, but then he finds that the day is over much too soon. A tender-hearted father cannot bear the pleas of his child to stay and play for a while. Even when all the other parents have hugged and comforted their children, Piggy asks his father to stay for just a bit longer, enticing him with just one more story, a swing through the air, and a cuddle. When the teacher lets Piggy's father know that it is time to go, it is uncertain whether it is father or child who needs the nudge. Strong washes of color and simple figures illustrate a school that's filled with a menagerie of happy animals. Few words on each page and a large font make this perfect for lap reading or small group sharing. A good choice for first-day jitters, whether for parents or children. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781886910959
Publisher:
Boyds Mills Press
Publication date:
04/05/2003
Edition description:
First
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.64(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
5 - 6 Years

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