Kindergarten Diary [NOOK Book]


From the New York Times bestselling author of Not a Box comes a first-person account of the highs and lows of the first days of kindergarten.
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Not a Box comes a first-person account of the highs and lows of the first days of kindergarten.
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Editorial Reviews

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
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)
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: 9780062065582
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/7/2010
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

Antoinette Portis made her picture-book debut with the bestselling Not a Box, which was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and a Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor Book in 2007. Not a Stick followed, as well as her most recent book, A Penguin Story.

Antoinette graduated from kindergarten with a major in finger painting and a minor in show-and-tell. Later she graduated from the UCLA School of Fine Arts with a degree in studio art (which is like finger painting and show-and-tell combined). Antoinette lives in Los Angeles.

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  • Posted May 3, 2012

    Wonderful, Fresh Look at First Month of Kindergarten! A Must-Have.

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2012

    Kids Loved It

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011


    Worst book ever

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  • Posted August 26, 2011


    anonymous your stupid reason i say dis is becuz uu post way too much and dont leave room for othwr ppl please stop

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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