Kindergators: Miracle Melts Down

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"Guess what happened at school today!"

Kindergators work and play happily in Miss Harmony's class. But Miracle isn't being a good classmate! She's having temper tantrums when things don't go her way. Can the Kindergators find a way to help Miracle control her meltdowns? The Kindergators series highlights familiar issues that children, teachers, and parents everywhere will recognize. Using humor and a keen understanding of young children, Rosemary Wells creates a cast of characters who will show young readers how ...

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Overview

"Guess what happened at school today!"

Kindergators work and play happily in Miss Harmony's class. But Miracle isn't being a good classmate! She's having temper tantrums when things don't go her way. Can the Kindergators find a way to help Miracle control her meltdowns? The Kindergators series highlights familiar issues that children, teachers, and parents everywhere will recognize. Using humor and a keen understanding of young children, Rosemary Wells creates a cast of characters who will show young readers how to work together as good neighbors.

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Editorial Reviews

ALA Booklist
“Few picture books directly address the subject of personal space in such an accessible way. Wells’ details of the kindergarten classroom are spot-on, and, as always, her illustrations, perfectly capture young children’s body language and emotions.”
ALA Booklist
"Few picture books directly address the subject of personal space in such an accessible way. Wells’ details of the kindergarten classroom are spot-on, and, as always, her illustrations, perfectly capture young children’s body language and emotions."
ALA Booklist
“Few picture books directly address the subject of personal space in such an accessible way. Wells’ details of the kindergarten classroom are spot-on, and, as always, her illustrations, perfectly capture young children’s body language and emotions.”
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—This installment in the series features Miracle and her antics at kindergarten. The little gator is sneaky, a bit dishonest, and dissolves into tears at the drop of a hat. Through all of the drama, her friends and teacher help her to understand her behavior and be a better classmate. The story gently focuses on honesty, turn-taking, and teamwork, and is sure to be a hit with teachers and librarians. A guide to creating harmony in the classroom reinforces the lessons of the story. Comical illustrations are cleverly detailed with textured fabric and add levity to a familiar classroom scenario.—Alison Donnelly, Collinsville Memorial Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews
Harry, star of the first Kindergators book, Hands Off, Harry (2011), relates the school day's dramas to his parents. And was it ever a doozy of a day. Miracle, who brings an unhealthy snack to school and doesn't want to share, spends a good portion of the day sneaking bites. But when the radiator melts the Fudgettes, Miracle melts as well, and not for the last time--her lunch isn't right, she spills her grape juice, she's not the counting-card leader, Miguel steps on her foot. Throughout, her classmates sweetly though unrealistically go out of their way to try to cheer her up and generally let her get away with her whining ways. Her teacher even awards her the Star of Bravery for the one time she counts to 10 and doesn't melt down. No mention is made of her selfishness or breaking of the rules. No doubt, these students and their teacher are models of classroom harmony, but most classes will fall far short of their example. (Wells' backmatter does provide a few tips for teachers on "Creating Harmony.") The gators are as visually distinctive as in their first outing, collaged clothing covering lumpy green skin, and Harry has not changed his active ways, doing flips in the classroom. While more didactic, William Mulcahy and Darren McKee's Zach Gets Frustrated (2012) teaches children to deal with their frustrations rather than depend on others to solve difficulties for them. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061921155
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Series: Kindergators Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 523,826
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosemary Wells is the creator of many unforgettable children's book characters, including Max and Ruby, McDuff, and Yoko, each of whom stars in their own book series. She is also the author of perennial favorites about universal childhood experiences, such as Noisy Nora and Read To Your Bunny. Rosemary Wells lives in upstate New York.

Rosemary Wells is the creator of many unforgettable children's book characters, including Max and Ruby, McDuff, and Yoko, each of whom stars in their own book series. She is also the author of perennial favorites about universal childhood experiences, such as Noisy Nora and Read To Your Bunny. Rosemary Wells lives in upstate New York.

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