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Hot and Cold

Hot and Cold

by Alvin Granowski, Mary Lonsdale (Other), Mary Lonsdale (Illustrator)
Horus is exited about starting first grade. That is, until he discovers there are no slime tables, no snooze mats, and no snacks; and he gets put in the Beta reading group instead of the Alpha, and finds himself longing for the good old days of Martiangarten.


Horus is exited about starting first grade. That is, until he discovers there are no slime tables, no snooze mats, and no snacks; and he gets put in the Beta reading group instead of the Alpha, and finds himself longing for the good old days of Martiangarten.

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Publishers Weekly
Young Martians start elementary school in this reassuring comedy, the debut of the First Graders from Mars series, in which the hero longs for the good old days of "martiangarten." Horus, a froggy-looking child with prehensile tentacles on his chartreuse head, becomes confused in his new classroom. "Where are the snooze mats? Where are the snacks?" he asks. "First graders are too big for those things," scoffs a reptilian girl with lilac hair. Horus's pink-and-green-spotted teacher (who "had eyes in the back of her head. And in the front. And on the sides") purses her lips with concern. Corey (You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer!) believably depicts Horus's embarrassment and his conflict with his mother, who literally drags him to school the next day. While the author doesn't examine Horus's confident classmates, she shows how Horus encourages another scared student to be brave. Teague (How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?) sets the action amid a Seussian landscape of spiky mountains, purple volcanoes and green anemone with eyeballs on their stalks. His bug-eyed, rubbery-limbed aliens perform familiar tasks in comical ways (Horus reads upside-down, balancing on his own face). Like Dan Yaccarino's First Day on a Strange New Planet, this universal drama takes a shrewd but optimistic look at first grade. Ages 5-7. (Aug.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This early reader and writing primer invites children to explore the concepts associated with hot and cold. Sonya and Greg learn about these concepts while visiting the animal park. They find that the camels are comfortable in the hot sun and the seals love the cold water. The children, however, are uncomfortable with either extreme. They learn about warm being a little hot and cool a little cold, and how animals and people can experience these. They learn about fire, ice, warm and damp, wind, and just right, as they eat hot dogs, ice cream, go into the rain forest hall, stand in the wind, and rest under a tree. Through a combination of illustrations and photos, the many kinds of relative temperatures become concrete by examples and by comparison with the preferences of animals. The latter part of the book recaps some of the words and pictures about temperatures and invites the reader to write a story using these words. The repetitiveness of the words and gradual development of the illustrated concepts should provide a good start for the early reader/writer. A Level 1 book in the "My World" series. 2001, Copper Beech Books/Millbrook Press, $15.90 and $3.99. Ages 5 to 8. Reviewer: Carol Raker Collins AGES: 5 6 7 8
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-It's the first day of school on Mars and Horus is off to first grade. He had loved martiangarten with snooze mats, snacks, and the slime table. However, he quickly discovers that first grade is very different and he decides he doesn't like it and he doesn't want to go back. His mother returns her protesting child to school the next day and this time he meets a new student who has the same reaction he had. As Horus begins to reassure her, he forgets about his own doubts and offers to help her through her first day. First grade has become much more inviting for the two new friends. The colorful cartoon drawings complement this comic sci-fi tale with its flying cups, thinking capsules, and waving tentacles. The nonhuman students are done in assorted colors from green to purple, and the teacher, Ms. Vortex, is really a standout with eyes that are literally in the back of her head. These creatures don't just learn the right answers in math-they actually form them with their bodies. An entertaining addition to collections that need more stories about the possible anxieties and excitement of the first day of school.-Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Horus wears jeans, a striped shirt, and a backpack like any other first grader, but he travels to school in a flying cup (flying saucers are "so "last century), because his school is on Mars. The students are different types of Martians: some green, some blue, some polka-dotted-and all funny. Corey, who made an auspicious debut with "You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer! "(2000), offers Episode 1 of the First Graders from Mars series, which describes Horus's reluctance to leave his "martiangarten "days behind to move on to first grade. He slurps his soup with the wrong tentacle, tangles with an overly confident Martian girl named Tera, and lands in the Beta reading group (rather than the Alpha group with nemesis Tera). Corey works some simple Martian-style language and clever puns into her story: the Martian kids sit in thinking capsules instead of desks, and the floating, polka-dotted teacher has eyes in the front and back of her head, and on both sides, too. Additional layers of punny humor enhance the full-color, cartoon-style illustrations by Teague ("The Great Gracie Chase", p. 188, etc.) who finds something clever to add on every page. Horus has the real fears of any entering first grader, and this story will be popular with kindergarten and first-grade teachers and students, who will be waiting for Episode 2. "(Picture book. 5-7)"

Product Details

Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
My World Series
Product dimensions:
6.84(w) x 9.68(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
1 - 5 Years

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