Deron Goes to Nusery School is a title in the First Experiences series, a vivid new series portraying young children's very first experiences of nursery school, time with grandparents, and other events. The first time for anything can be daunting, and these books set out to familiarize children, through simple read-aloud words and beautiful photos, with what seems at first unfamiliar but will eventually become a routine part of everyday life. Set in and photographed in Ghana in West Africa, these beautiful books...
Deron Goes to Nusery School is a title in the First Experiences series, a vivid new series portraying young children's very first experiences of nursery school, time with grandparents, and other events. The first time for anything can be daunting, and these books set out to familiarize children, through simple read-aloud words and beautiful photos, with what seems at first unfamiliar but will eventually become a routine part of everyday life. Set in and photographed in Ghana in West Africa, these beautiful books brilliantly capture these universal early childhood experiences from the relatively unusual and revealing perspective of a country in the developing world. In Deron Goes to Nusery School, Deron watches his mother make his new school clothes. The next day he goes with her to the school and meets his new teacher, who shows him around the school and introduces him to the other children. Playing, singing, writing, eating lunch, resting, and listening to a story are all part of Deron's exciting first day, and at the end he can't wait to go back tomorrow. Written and photographed by an award-winning author, this is a uniquely heart-warming book to share with all young children.
Brilliantly colored end pages featuring images of simple things painted on a wall (a table, a pencil, a red balloon) and neatly written captions invite young readers into this story. American readers will first notice that one of the pictures shows children bringing things to a woman who is stirring a cook pot over a fire on the ground. Deron is going to nursery school for the first time in his native country of Ghana. Bright color photographs show Deron, his sister, and his mother. The language is very straightforward: "This is Deron. Deron is four. Deron loves playing with his little sister Naa." Many of the images and some of the words will at first be unfamiliar to American readers: Deron's mother is "Mummy" and his teacher is "Shielabet Dadaola." Deron's mother buys fabric at the market and in one day, sews his school uniform, shirt and some shorts. The children in the school are shown sitting at long benches and writing on slates. Nap time takes place on brightly colored, woven blankets stretched upon the floor. These images may encourage good conversation about what school is like in different parts of the world, but American readers will recognize the swing sets on the play ground, the story time featured in one of the photographs, and certainly the love and pride Deron's family shows during this first day adventure at school. The story is cheerful, the photographs are colorful and clear, and the overall result is a delightful, multicultural book that chronicles a universal childhood experience. Reviewer: Dawna Lisa Buchanan
Art/architectural historian and former Montessori teacher Lane offers a succession of two-page spreads highlighting a dozen shapes (circle, semi circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle, sphere, ellipsoid, cube, cuboid, pyramid and cylinder) that young children can discover in photos and illustrations of a dozen notable structures around the world. The cover pictures I.M. Pei's iconic Pyramid entrance to the Louvre, andinside, images (sometime slightly blurred) of each structure are paired with very simple line diagrams of their corresponding shapes, the names of the shapes and a brief descriptive sentence about the structure. Each entry ends with a question. For example, when referring to the Hypostyle Hall in the Temple at Karnak in Egypt, the text asks, "How would you feel if you walked through these massive cylinders?" The publisher's notes specify that this book was designed for the young, perhaps explaining the exceptionally brief backmatter, which simply presents thumbnails of the buildings with their names and locations. Worthy but decidedly workmanlike. (Picture book. 3-6)