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Kindergarten Kids: Riddles, Rebuses, Wiggles, Giggles, and More!
     

Kindergarten Kids: Riddles, Rebuses, Wiggles, Giggles, and More!

by Stephanie Calmenson, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
 

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We're kindergarten kids!
That's who we are!
Keep your eyes on us.
We're going far!

Kindergarten is so much fun! There's singing, dancing, and show-and-tell. There are lively times to play with friends, and quiet times to look at books or put together a puzzle.

You'll find your favorite activities here, and more: Do the popcorn hop; go on a letter

Overview

We're kindergarten kids!
That's who we are!
Keep your eyes on us.
We're going far!

Kindergarten is so much fun! There's singing, dancing, and show-and-tell. There are lively times to play with friends, and quiet times to look at books or put together a puzzle.

You'll find your favorite activities here, and more: Do the popcorn hop; go on a letter hunt; solve Halloween riddles; or find Mr. Wig, the missing guinea pig.Oops! Did you make a mistake? Don't worry, we all do — even teachers! Does a puzzle seem too hard? Don't give up. Keep trying! Is your tooth loose? Did it fall out? Hooray!

Cheerful rhymes, bright colors, and friendly children energize the pages of this action-packed collection of poems about kindergarten days. Come join the fun!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A bounty of titles help new students ease their fears. Melissa Sweet illustrates two school-time picture books this season, including Kindergarten Kids: Riddles, Rebuses, Wiggles, Giggles, and More! by Stephanie Calmenson. The text, often delivered in rhyme, details the fun to be had in kindergarten, such as singing, dancing and caring for classroom pets, pictured in fiesta-bright hues with a multicultural cast of students. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Activities and special days are highlighted in the poems and illustrations in this 32-page book. From their arrival (Good Morning! How are you today?") to their departure ("See You Later, Alligator!") these kindergarteners search the classroom for Mr. Wig, the guinea Pig; celebrate a loose tooth; make popcorn; are "puzzled by this puzzle"; understand that everyone makes mistakes; and wiggle, iggle, wiggle. There are also poems for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, and One Hundred Days (in which the poem has 100 words). The poem at the end, "Kindergarten Kids," is ideal for an assembly. Multicultural children populate this classroom and seem to be having a wonderful time. Kindergarten teachers will want this for back-to-school and will reach for it over and over again throughout the school year. 2005, HarperCollins, and Ages 4 to 7.
—Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
PreS-K-This appealing collection of original rhymes and riddles focuses on activities that are part of the kindergarten experience, such as attendance, show-and-tell, and classroom pets. First timers will see what they can look forward to and kindergarteners might enjoy reviewing the familiar events. The simple, interactive rhymes are occasionally forced or lacking in sparkle, but overall they provide a light, accessible introduction for new students. Sweet's delightful illustrations bring color, energy, and information to each page. A lively and fun addition.-Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Calmenson, herself a former kindergarten teacher, explores that world in this collection of original poetry. The 18 short rhyming poems address common features of the classroom such as show-and-tell, learning the alphabet and celebrating holidays, and several of the poems could be used as part of special days such as the 100th day of school. Some are written as riddles or with a missing final word to be filled in or with related movement or activity suggestions, and one of the last, a riff on the old "See You Later, Alligator" pattern, might just become a new playground classic with 19 ways to say good-bye ("time to float, billy goat"). Sweet fills her vibrant illustrations with bright citrus colors and bouncy children of varied ethnicities who help bring the rhymes to life. (Picture book/poetry. 4-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060007140
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/05/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Stephanie Calmenson is the author of many acclaimed books for children. They have been called "marvelous" (Publishers Weekly), "lyrical" (School Library Journal), and "sweet, funny, and right on the mark" (ALA Booklist). Her books include Dinner at the Panda Palace, a PBS Storytime Book; Welcome, Baby! Baby Rhymes for Baby Times; Good for You! Toddler Rhymes for Toddler Times; and Kindergarten Kids: Riddles, Rebuses, Wiggles, Giggles, and More!

Melissa Sweet has illustrated many award-winning books for children, including A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant, a 2009 Caldecott Honor Book, an NCTE Notable Children's Book, and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. She has also written and illustrated Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade, Tupelo Rides the Rails, and Carmine: A Little More Red, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book for 2005. Her collages and paintings have appeared in the New York Times and Martha Stewart Living.

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