Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?

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Your buffalo is growing up. He plays with friends. He shares his toys. He's smart! But is he ready for kindergarten? (And is kindergarten ready for him?)

Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? is a hilarious look at first-day-of-school jitters from author Audrey Vernick and illustrator Daniel Jennewein.

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Overview

Your buffalo is growing up. He plays with friends. He shares his toys. He's smart! But is he ready for kindergarten? (And is kindergarten ready for him?)

Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? is a hilarious look at first-day-of-school jitters from author Audrey Vernick and illustrator Daniel Jennewein.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“Some people say kindergarten is no place for a buffalo. How crazy is that?” So begins this humorous story about standing out in order to fit in. A buffalo doesn’t look, eat, or act like anyone else, but it’s his differences that make him so lovable (“who can resist that furry face?”). This story’s simple lesson about individuality is cleverly expressed through Vernick’s gentle wit and Jennewein’s crayon-outlined kindergartners--most of all, the furry and ungainly reader surrogate with whom kids will readily relate, even if “he may the only one who eats grass, then throws it up in his mouth and eats it again. Remember: Everyone’s special in his or her own way.” Ages 4-8. (July)
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“The breezy, clap-on-the-shoulder reassurance of the text is both bolstering and funny as it introduces, via buffalo, some key aspects of kindergarten experience.”
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“The breezy, clap-on-the-shoulder reassurance of the text is both bolstering and funny as it introduces, via buffalo, some key aspects of kindergarten experience.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“The breezy, clap-on-the-shoulder reassurance of the text is both bolstering and funny as it introduces, via buffalo, some key aspects of kindergarten experience.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The breezy, clap-on-the-shoulder reassurance of the text is both bolstering and funny as it introduces, via buffalo, some key aspects of kindergarten experience."
School Library Journal
PreS-K—As the title indicates, this is a silly book about the first day of kindergarten with one's own buffalo. The analogy here is that kids react and behave differently, and that there is a place for all of them in school. The story prompts readers to remind the buffalo that finger painting is fun and it's okay to get messy; those hooves could create a masterpiece. Buffaloes (and children) learn how to get along without using their horns. "Cooperating and taking turns are both Very Big Deals in kindergarten." This wacky picture book, with its bold cartoonlike illustrations of a buffalo that snorts, dances, and makes faces, may help apprehensive youngsters to be more at ease about going to school. "Everyone's special in his or her own way. That's the kind of thing you learn in kindergarten." Vernick's amusing tale will prove handy as a first-day-of-school book recommendation for children and teachers alike.—Lindsay Persohn, Crystal Lake Elementary, Lakeland, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061762758
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/22/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 244,854
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Audrey Vernick

Audrey Vernick is the author of several books for children, including Is Your Buffalo Ready For Kindergarten? and She Loved Baseball. The Effa Manley Story as well as Bark Tim: A True Story of Friendship, cowritten with her sister Ellen Glassman Gidaro. Audrey lives with her family in Ocean, New Jersey.

Daniel Jennewein is also the illustrator of Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? Although he does not have a buffalo, he does have two very bratty Birman cats named Emmy and Finn. Daniel lives in Frankfurt, Germany, with his wife, Lenore.

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  • Posted June 26, 2010

    Not just for kids about to go to kindergarten, but definitely one that soon-to-be kindergarteners will enjoy!

    This is a fun, quirky book about learning to fit in with new friends. The Buffalo's expressions are priceless as he's tries to navigate the school day. I've read my copy to several sets of kids and all have asked for MORE BUFFALO!

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  • Posted January 21, 2011

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    Never before has there been such an adorable buffalo in children's literature!

    . This is a simply delightful book about individuality.
    . This would make a terrific first day of school book, but it would be a shame to limit it to only that time of year.
    . Its message of identity is important any time of year.
    . The illustrations are so charming, who knew a buffalo could be so appealing?

    "Some people say kindergarten is no place for a buffalo. How crazy is that?"

    So begins this entertaining story about how we all have our own special place in this world - horn or no horns. How great is that message? The brilliance of this picture book is that it is a hilarious and appropriate lesson in identity without being preachy. Children will delight in all the paces this buffalo is put through as a new kindergartener. Will your buffalo be able to use scissors? Will your buffalo be able to go on the swings? Maybe - maybe not. But no matter what, "Everyone is special in his or her own way."

    Again, this is a perfect story for the first day, but don't leave it for only that day. This book can be enjoyed any time of year for pure pleasure or if your classroom or home community is in need of a little lesson in tolerance.

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