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Follow the Line to School
     

Follow the Line to School

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by Laura Ljungkvist
 

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Follow the line from the science corner to the library, from recess to show-and-tell. This new Follow the Line book-illustrated in Laura Ljungkvist's signature line style-takes children on a colorful, comforting, and altogether fun romp through the school day. With its unique modern design and engaging interactive text, Follow the Line to School is sure to

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Follow the line from the science corner to the library, from recess to show-and-tell. This new Follow the Line book-illustrated in Laura Ljungkvist's signature line style-takes children on a colorful, comforting, and altogether fun romp through the school day. With its unique modern design and engaging interactive text, Follow the Line to School is sure to appeal to both new and returning students.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Fourth in Ljungkvist's Follow the Line series, this outing takes readers on a tour of a school, as a black line forms words and objects in bright scenes with crisp collages and lots of prompts to engage children. The line trails into "the science corner," where readers learn a bit about animals, before heading into a modish library, the art room ("Which pictures on the wall are made from cut paper?"), the cafeteria, and outdoors for recess. Ljungkvist covers all the basic elements of an ordinary school day, and the story's interactive elements highlight the underlying message about the joys of learning. Ages 4–up. (July)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—This book has all of the ingredients for "dialogic reading." It is practically a user's guide for how an adult and child can engage in conversation while reading together. As with Ljungkvist's other "Follow the Line" books, it takes readers through a familiar setting—school—and asks youngsters to find, count, or reply to prompts, such as, "Fred is the class pet. Can you guess what kind of animal he is?" The answers aren't always as easy as they might seem. This particular book is great for familiarizing pre-kindergarteners with all of the possibilities of an engaging school environment, or for talking about similarities and differences between the artist's images and a child's current institution. As readers follow the line from page to page, they encounter areas that may be confined to a classroom, or may have separate quarters, such as the art, music, and eating areas. The clever mixed-media artwork is brimming with familiar artifacts and tools, yet Ljungkvist's clean-cut Scandinavian style and simplicity of composition keep the pages from being visually overwhelming.—Maggie Chase, Boise State University, ID
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
In this, her fourth adventure in following an unbroken line, Ljungkvist's line that leads through and around her illustrations visits a school through a day. A brief verse introduces a series of questions directing readers to examine the pictures on each page carefully and then answer them. We follow the line from a busy classroom to the library to the art room and then back to the classroom for other activities. The line then leads to the cafeteria for lunch, then outdoors for recess and more questions. The math area and the music room are also filled with items to examine and questions to answer. When the line finally leads home, a verse concludes the day. The line's adventure begins on the front jacket forming the title, goes over the end pages, and does not stop until the last words on the back jacket. As it meanders from page to page, calling our attention to the many objects displayed while setting us up for the questions, it presents visual puzzlements. The objects illustrated look as if they might have been scattered randomly on the pages. Some, like a chicken, are naturalistic. Most, however, are schematic colored drawings of assorted items in each scene. Some readers should enjoy the challenge. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews

Readers will actively explore an elementary school environment in this latest in Ljungkvist's successful string of books.

Beginning on the front cover and ending on the back, an uninterrupted black line leads readers through the front doors of a school, into and around a classroom, to the library, art and music rooms, cafeteria and playground and, finally, back out the door at the end of the day. Along the way, three questions on each spread prompt children to really think about what they may see, do and learn at school and give them a chance to show off what they already know. On the cafeteria page they are asked to name all the fruits they see, while the music-room spread challenges them to sort instruments according to how they make their sounds. Opportunities abound to identify numbers, shapes, letters, animals and colors within the artwork—a busy collaged mix of photos, cut paper, found objects and drawings. The titular line snakes and weaves through it all, cleverly forming words, numbers, furniture, animals, playground equipment and objects. Even without the seek-and-find and line-following games, there is plenty here to keep readers' attention—and to allay at least a few concerns about what school will be like.

While the small details preclude group sharing, this is just right for sharing with one or two soon-to-be-schoolers or for independent browsing of the stylish illustrations.(Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670012268
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
07/07/2011
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Laura Ljungkvist is a Swedish artist whose editorial work has appeared in The New York and Harper's Bazaar.  This is her third book for children.  She now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Follow the Line to School 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my 3-year-old granddaughter- expecting it to be a little too hard for her to follow. However, she sat with me throughout as we searched for various items on each page, sorted objects by category, discussed her favorite this or that, etc. This is very engaging for ages 3 through 6.