Overview

n the first book in a new school-based series, bestselling author Rosemary Wells offers a humorous, empowering look at classroom community-building and positive solutions to behaviorial issues. Hands Off, Harry! takes a look at the issue of personal space.
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Overview

n the first book in a new school-based series, bestselling author Rosemary Wells offers a humorous, empowering look at classroom community-building and positive solutions to behaviorial issues. Hands Off, Harry! takes a look at the issue of personal space.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This first book in the Kindergators series, which tackles socialization issues, focuses on a familiar figure: the kid who has personal space issues. Harry pokes, pushes, and tackles; he startles one classmate so badly that the victim spills poster paints all over his new clothes (and to add insult to injury, "Benjamin's cubby outfit didn't fit anymore"). Despite repeated admonitions from the firm yet supportive Miss Harmony, Harry seems like a lost cause—until his peers call an "emergency session" of circle time and devise a clever yet compassionate way to teach Harry how to keep a more civil distance. Wells (the Max and Ruby books) takes her time solving the problem that is Harry, and her approach may initially strike some readers as slow and pedantic. But step-by-step, she builds a sense of drama while showing that she knows kindergarten inside and out. Kids will appreciate her faith in their inventiveness and sense of community—and they'll also enjoy the genial, neatly framed collaged images, which use textured materials to convey the alligators' bumpy skin and vibrant wardrobe. Ages 3–6. (July)
School Library Journal
K—In this first book in a new series, 10 anthropomorphic alligators are challenged when energetic Harry consistently disrupts Miss Harmony's kindergarten class with pokes, various spills, and a general case of "ants in your pants." Since he can't restrict himself to "Shake a hand!" "Hold a hand!" or "Lend a hand!" the teacher tries consequences like jumping jacks and the Thinking Chair. The breakthrough, however, is a classmate's idea for Harry to wear an inner tube to preserve others' personal space. The restriction calms him and ultimately Harry proves his mettle as playground monitor, earning a gold star for the day. The considerate support of classmates, despite their travails with Harry, is endearing. This vibrant picture book has mixed-media illustrations and an afterword offers tips on creating a meaningful conversation about personal space.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA—
School Library Journal
K—In this first book in a new series, 10 anthropomorphic alligators are challenged when energetic Harry consistently disrupts Miss Harmony's kindergarten class with pokes, various spills, and a general case of "ants in your pants." Since he can't restrict himself to "Shake a hand!" "Hold a hand!" or "Lend a hand!" the teacher tries consequences like jumping jacks and the Thinking Chair. The breakthrough, however, is a classmate's idea for Harry to wear an inner tube to preserve others' personal space. The restriction calms him and ultimately Harry proves his mettle as playground monitor, earning a gold star for the day. The considerate support of classmates, despite their travails with Harry, is endearing. This vibrant picture book has mixed-media illustrations and an afterword offers tips on creating a meaningful conversation about personal space.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA—
Kirkus Reviews

A reptilian kindergartner who can't keep his hands to himself is the focus of this kickoff to a new series from Wells.

Harry is just having fun, being goofy, being the class clown. But none of his classmates see it that way. Not when they are tackled, when spilled glue ruins a gift or when paint wrecks a new shirt. After each episode, the kindly Miss Harmony attempts (and fails) to get Harry to see the error of his ways. Several hastily called "Friendly Circle" meetings allow Harry's classmates to express their frustration with his behavior in positive ways and to give Harry some ideas of what he should do with his hands instead. Nothing works until Babette finds the perfect way to teach Harry about personal space. Like magic, the lesson is learned, and Harry even manages to earn the good-behavior gold star by dismissal time. An afterword gives educators and parents alike some ways to effectively share this book with youngsters. Wells' "kindergators" are delightful alligators, each with a personality all its own. Collaged clothing covers their bumpy-textured alligator skin, which can actually be felt on the front cover.

While Wells tidies everything up a bit more neatly than real-life Miss Harmonys are likely to manage, there are some valuable lessons in problem solving and expressing oneself, for both children and educators. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062106957
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/21/2011
  • Series: Kindergators Series
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read and Play
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 183,037
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • File size: 17 MB
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Meet the Author

Rosemary Wells is the creator of many unforgettable children's book characters, including Max and Ruby, McDuff, and Yoko, each of whom stars in their own book series. She is also the author of perennial favorites about universal childhood experiences, such as Noisy Nora and Read To Your Bunny. Rosemary Wells lives in upstate New York.

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  • Posted January 12, 2012

    It's not bad

    I didn't like the story that much but I like the drawings of alligators. I also liked the games in it. Harry is a big jerk but then learns to be nice.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Harry learns personal space by bumper tube

    Max 6, writes: its great!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2012

    cute

    There is a trouble-type student in class that finally cleans up his aligator-act. My 4 year old enjoys this story.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 11, 2011

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