Max and Mo's First Day at School (Ready-to-Read Series)

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In a series of adorable Level 1 Ready-to-Reads, award-winning author Patricia Lakin and the ever-talented Brian Floca tell the story of two hamsters who live in a classroom as pets. Mo, a hamster who likes to know things, and Max, a hamster who likes to make things, team up to bust out of their cage and explore their art class/home during holiday time.

In each story, these furry friends learn about a holiday and make a tie-in craft that readers...

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Overview

In a series of adorable Level 1 Ready-to-Reads, award-winning author Patricia Lakin and the ever-talented Brian Floca tell the story of two hamsters who live in a classroom as pets. Mo, a hamster who likes to know things, and Max, a hamster who likes to make things, team up to bust out of their cage and explore their art class/home during holiday time.

In each story, these furry friends learn about a holiday and make a tie-in craft that readers learn to make too, thanks to Patty's simple instructions in the back of each book.

Max and Mo's First Day at School

It's back-to-school time for Max and Mo.
This year they are living in the art room.
Now they have to make new friends, but how
will these big ones learn their names?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Julie Minnich
Hamsters Max and Mo share a cage and are best friends. They realize with a sudden "BING, BANG, BONG" that they are moving. They excitedly realize they are on their way to their first day of school. They can't wait to make new friends with the other students, who they affectionately call the "big ones." The big ones gather around the hamster cage and call them Tummy and Fluffy. Max and Mo realize the big ones do not know their names. They sneak out of their cage and find directions about how to make a name tag using the tube of a paper towel roll. They follow the directions and wrap the tube with a sheet of paper. Then, they write their names in glue and roll the tube in seeds. Finally, they tape a straw to the bottom to keep it from rolling around. Max and Mo work as team to get their new name tag into their cage. The hamsters know they did a good job of making their name tag when the big ones call them Max and Mo. The story ends with step-by-step instructions for readers who want to make their own paper towel name tags. Patricia Lakin has written a creative easy reader that answers the question of what classroom pets think about their students. Max and Mo are fun, likable characters, and Brian Floca's illustrations compliment the story with simple, adorable hamster drawings in warm, sunny colors.
School Library Journal

K-Gr 1
Two class hamsters go back to school after summer break and discover that the new kids do not know their names. Embarrassed by being called Tummy and Fluffy, Max and Mo sneak out of their cage at night to make their own name tags. The next day, the little creatures are called by their right names. With plenty of simple sentences and easy vocabulary, this book will delight beginning readers. The pencil-and-watercolor illustrations are filled with activity as the hamsters set about their task, and the book concludes with directions for making a rolled-up name tag like Max's and Mo's.
—Erika QuallsCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416925330
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight
  • Publication date: 6/26/2007
  • Series: Ready-to-Reads Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 468,409
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: 110L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Lakin, a former elementary school teacher and an award-winning author, has written more than fifty published works. Her books, both fiction and nonfiction, span multiple age groups—from toddlers to middle-graders. Patricia lives in New York City with her husband, Lee Koenigsberg. They have two grown sons, Aaron and Benjahmin. When not reading, writing, or researching, she can be found traveling with Lee to far-off places in the world.

Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; Lightship, also a Sibert Honor Book; Racecar Alphabet, an ALA Notable Children’s Book, and Locomotive, the recipient of seven starred reviews and a New York Times 2013 Best Illustrated Children’s Book. He has illustrated Avi’s Poppy Stories, Kate Messner’s Marty McGuire novels, and Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan’s Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, a Sibert Honor Book and winner of the Orbis Pictus Award. You can visit him online at BrianFloca.com.

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  • Posted May 31, 2010

    LOVE This Book!!!

    Two hamsters learning = sparking learning in children!!! This book is a fantastic tool to get students excited about learning, especially if used as a first-day-of-school jumpstart! Max & Mo are precious examples of how fun creativity and imagination can be! If you are an early childhood educator, this book is a must-have to awaken those young minds, helping them tap into and discover a special interest of their own. This is also a great story to springboard children into reading and writing. It could even encourage students to think up similar stories; hence, encouraging writing. I can almost hear those little wheels turning inside of those brilliant young minds that teachers are so blessed to mold! I'm a writer and a reading teacher, and this title has earned a permanent place in my classroom. A very inspiring read, indeed!!

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