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Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come

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The first day of kindergarten is finally here, and Henry can't wait to paint pictures, sing songs, and practice counting. When he gets to school, though, he's not so sure he's ready for kindergarten. But before long Henry discovers that the only thing he's not ready for is how much fun he's going to have at school! This gently humorous, encouraging story will give children about to enter kindergarten an extra boost of confidence.

"Perfect for parents to share with their children, and the endearing Henry will ...

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The first day of kindergarten is finally here, and Henry can't wait to paint pictures, sing songs, and practice counting. When he gets to school, though, he's not so sure he's ready for kindergarten. But before long Henry discovers that the only thing he's not ready for is how much fun he's going to have at school! This gently humorous, encouraging story will give children about to enter kindergarten an extra boost of confidence.

"Perfect for parents to share with their children, and the endearing Henry will offer reassurance to even the most hesitant prekindergartners."
-Booklist

Even though Henry is looking forward to going to kindergarten, he is not sure about staying once he first gets there.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-K-When Henry wakes up on the first day of school and announces that he is ready for kindergarten, his mom gently reminds him of the things he needs to do to prepare: get washed, brush teeth, get dressed, eat a nutritious breakfast, and pack supplies. On the walk to school, mother and son discuss what Henry might expect during the course of his day. Since he has already done some of these activities at home, he is confident he'll do well. When he arrives and sees the new faces and surroundings, however, his confidence vanishes and he declares, "I want to go home." It is only after he makes a friend and finds some familiar objects that he decides to give kindergarten a conditional try. Carlson employs her familiar art style to depict Henry's mouse family and his fellow animal kindergartners in large, brightly colored cartoons placed about the text. When Henry imagines himself working at home or school, the illustrations have a rounded, thought-balloon outline. The classroom is a cheery, welcoming place, and the story will reassure youngsters who are both eager for and apprehensive about their first school experience. Pair this title with Joseph Slate's Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten (Dutton, 1996), which looks at preparations from the teacher's perspective.-Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community-Technical College, CT Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Carlson brings her vibrant brand of encouragement to bear on the first day of kindergarten. Henry, a mouse, is rip-roaring ready to attend school; his mother has to restrain him from racing out the door before he has washed and brushed, had breakfast, and loaded his backpack. As he and his mother walk to school, Henry bubbles over with questions and guesses about the day's activities. When they arrive, however, Henry has a typical change of heart: "I want to go home." With some heartening words from his teacher, Henry goes forth and engages the forces of trepidation and change, not as a superhero, but as one of the meek who knows he has to get on with it. Carlson's hero is just goofy enough to make her message suspicious; she could be telling readers that if he can do it, so can they. This book will make them relish the chance. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140568387
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 99,514
  • Age range: 1 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 10.08 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Carlson
Nancy Carlson lives in Bloomington, Minnesota.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2010

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    Great to calm first-day jitters!

    As a former Kindergarten teacher, this book was a first day of school favorite of mine. It offers children an opportunity to get a glimpse of what Kindergarten will be like and I have found that it does a wonderful job of calming those normal first-day jitters that some kids experience. I love how it makes an often intimidating thing such as starting school and separating from parents and family a positive and fun thing. I highly recommend this book to teachers to use during the first week of school. Once you're done reading it aloud to the class, you could put it in your library so the kids can read it later on during the school year. I also recommend this book to parents who have nervous soon-to-be Kindergartners or even just kids who may be curious as to what school will be like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2003

    Excellent!

    My son did not want to go to preschool at all. I was nervous about Kindergarten so I bought this book and Little Bear Won't Go to School. This book was perfect! My son wanted to eat pancakes and do everthing the character did the first day. He was so busy being like Henry that he forgot about being worried about school. Buy all of these kinds of books you can!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2009

    Good for first time school children.

    I purchased this for my grandson who had not experienced any type of school before entering Kindergarten. It was great, he was great, the first day was fantastic! His mother had a few problems, but he did just fine! The storyline was just enough, to reassure him that it would be ok and fun.

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