Kindergarten Diary
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Kindergarten Diary

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by Antoinette Portis
     
 

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Starting kindergarten can be a little scary. But Annalina shows us there are lots of new and exciting things to look forward to—meeting your teacher, playing on the monkey bars, feeding the pet tortoise, and making new friends. Experience the ups and downs of the first days of kindergarten through Annalina's very own diary (as told to Antoinette Portis) and

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Starting kindergarten can be a little scary. But Annalina shows us there are lots of new and exciting things to look forward to—meeting your teacher, playing on the monkey bars, feeding the pet tortoise, and making new friends. Experience the ups and downs of the first days of kindergarten through Annalina's very own diary (as told to Antoinette Portis) and discover why the kids in room 2K are just fine!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When Annalina begins her diary on September 1, the day before kindergarten, she declares that she doesn’t want to go to “Big School.” But before she knows it Annalina is mastering the monkey bars, writing her name, and making new friends. By the end of the month, Annalina is “Too Busy to Write Any More!” With a narrator whose voice reads like a real kindergartner’s and mixed media illustrations that match the energy and humor of the text, Annalina’s diary exudes confidence and fun. Ages 4-8. (July)
Sherie Posesorski
Few things make a child's imaginings go into overdrive like the first day of school, as Antoinette Portis delightfully captures in Kindergarten Diary…The abundance of new experiences in Kindergarten Diary finds visual form in Portis's warmly comic mixed-media illustrations. Annalina's scrapbook diary…is evoked in collage-style pictures against a background of school notebook paper. Her observations are spot-on kindergartner-size reports from the front.
—The New York Times
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Imaginative, spirited Annalina narrates a month of days in her life, beginning with the day before she starts kindergarten. What makes this book special is that the author doesn't deliver a long list of Annalina's misgivings, which often give young readers extra fodder to stress about. This child simply says that she likes preschool and thinks Big School might be filled with Big Kids ("What if they're mean?"). The next thing readers see, there she is in room 2K, where a diverse group of children smile, wave, and look a little sleepy. "Hardly anybody cried." In the following entries, the youngsters learn that the teacher isn't scary, that kindergarteners have their very own playground, that sharing is not only possible but also fun, and that nice things happen every day. The background for each page resembles the paper children use to practice their first writing—white with widely spaced, light blue straight and dotted lines. Realistic and gorgeously patterned collage items outlined in black are mingled with simple paintings to create an explosion of color, shape, and texture. The narrative and illustrations are gently funny and filled with little details and jokes, enabling children to find something new with each reading. Kindergarten Diary holds its own amid an impressive assortment of cheery salves for pre-K nerves.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061456916
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/22/2010
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,143,896
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Antoinette Portis is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Not a Box (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and a 2007 Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor Book), Not a Stick, A Penguin Story (also chosen as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book), and Kindergarten Diary. She attended the UCLA School of Fine Arts and is a former creative director at Disney. Antoinette lives in Southern California.

Antoinette Portis is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Not a Box (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and a 2007 Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor Book), Not a Stick, A Penguin Story (also chosen as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book), and Kindergarten Diary. She attended the UCLA School of Fine Arts and is a former creative director at Disney. Antoinette lives in Southern California.

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Kindergarten Diary 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
WordjamBookworm More than 1 year ago
Annalina has a few worries about entering kindergarten (scary teacher? big kids? sharing?) All are quickly debunked/humorously handled in this delightful book. Anna tackles writing her name and making new friends. The fabulous monkey-bar scenes (which show the kids' pretend world) were favorites at our house. The book manages to present this often-covered subject in a fresh, sweet and funny way. It's really one of the best starting-kindergarten books I've ever seen.
Love2ReadAllNight More than 1 year ago
I just read this story to my Kindergarten class today and they loved it and laughed out loud. I thought the illustrations were great especially how the girl imagines how her Kinder teacher will look. It is a keeper for September read aloud.
Iliana Clint More than 1 year ago
Worst book ever
Mia Yun More than 1 year ago
anonymous your stupid reason i say dis is becuz uu post way too much and dont leave room for othwr ppl please stop