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Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten

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by Joseph Slate, Ashley Wolff (Illustrator)

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It's the first day of kindergarten and Miss Bindergarten is hard at work getting the classroom ready for her twenty-six new students. Meanwhile, Adam Krupp wakes up, Brenda Heath brushes her teeth, and Christopher Beaker finds his sneaker. Miss Bindergarten puts the finishing touches on the room just in time, and the students arrive. Now the fun can begin! This


It's the first day of kindergarten and Miss Bindergarten is hard at work getting the classroom ready for her twenty-six new students. Meanwhile, Adam Krupp wakes up, Brenda Heath brushes her teeth, and Christopher Beaker finds his sneaker. Miss Bindergarten puts the finishing touches on the room just in time, and the students arrive. Now the fun can begin! This rhyming, brightly illustrated book is the perfect way to practice the alphabet and to introduce young children to kindergarten.

"Multifaceted and appealing, this book can be enjoyed in many ways, at home and at school."
-The New York Times Book Review

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Any child made anxious by the first day of kindergarten should find great comfort in this book's two parallel stories: 26 young animalsfrom an alligator named Adam to a zebra named Zachget ready for their first day of school, while a teacher named Miss Bindergarten is hard at work preparing herself and her classroom for their arrival. Wolff and Slate (previously teamed in Who Is Coming to Our House?) boost the confidence of their audience by showing that Miss Bindergarten, a gentle-looking black-and-white dog in a green dress, is slightly more harried in her preparations than her students. Except for a genuinely reluctant iguana named Ian, who is dragged crying from the door of his house by his mother, the kindergarteners appear not only self-reliant but eager. Slate's text has a comforting, familiar rhythm ("Brenda Heath brushes her teeth/ Christopher Beaker finds his sneaker"), while Wolff's richly colored, busy illustrations display a keen and sympathetic eye for children's dress and behavior. The book concludes with a winning set of class portraits, each of Miss Bindergarten's pupils (except poor Ian) grinning into the "camera," the picture of self-assurance. Ages 3-6. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Trina Heidt
The first day of kindergarten can be a time of anxiety, excitement or even fear. These emotions are all addressed as Miss Bindergarten and her soon-to-be students each prepare for their upcoming first day of class. Children will be entertained and educated along the way through rhyming text and humorous, lively watercolor and gouache illustrations. The book serves double duty as a highly entertaining alphabet book and as a guide to what children can look forward to on their own first day of kindergarten.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
This is a charming story that is also an ABC book that both teaches and entertains. Ms. Wolff gives us a behind the scenes look at Miss B. as she prepares for that first day of school. The animal kindergartners are full of fun as they get ready: "Jesse Sike pedals her bike. Kiki Wong hops along. Lenny Loome says, 'Vroo-vroo-vroom!'" The expressions on the faces of these 5-year-olds are truly winning. Teachers will appreciate Miss B's efforts to make her room attractive.
School Library Journal
PreS-KAs Miss Bindergarten, a black-and-white dog in teacher's clothing, prepares herself and the classroom for her new students, the children are also preparing for their first day at school. In alphabetical order, each of the 26 kindergartners is introduced through cleverly rhymed text with intermittent scenes of the classroom being transformed by the creative instructor. Watercolor and gouache illustrations are bright, expressive, and filled with humorous details. On the final page individual pictures of the class are displayed from Adam the alligator, Quentin the quokka, and Vicki the vole to Zach the zebra. A super animal-alphabet book with a clever twist.Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NE
Kirkus Reviews
An inviting look at the first day of school in Miss Bindergarten's class. The simple rhyming text tells how the animal children get ready for the big event; as a bonus, the names of the students are listed alphabetically, each first letter corresponding to its animal type (Jessie is a jaguar, Zak is a zebra, etc.): "Gwen McGunny/packs her bunny./Henry Fetter/fights his sweater." The procession is interspersed with the preparations of Miss Bindergarten, aided by her pet cockatoo, in her classroom. Wolff's fine illustrations add texture to a fairly simple concept. The teacher is depicted as an efficient sheepdog; eager and organized, she tapes notes on her furniture reminding her to "have fun," yet forgets to take the price tag off her dress. The use of extinct animals for the more obscure letters only adds to the fun. In this soothing introduction to an anxiety-filled event, Slate (Who Is Coming to Our House?, 1988, etc.) makes the first day a pleasure for everyone involved.

Product Details

Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Miss Bindergarten Series
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Joseph Slate, a native West Virginian, has always loved to paint and write. "I majored in journalism at the University of Washington in Seattle, worked as a reporter on The Seattle Times, was an editor for Foreign Broadcast Information Service (Washington, D.C., California, and Tokyo), then took a degree in fine arts at Yale, although I never illustrated my own books. My painting took a direction that was at odds with the fine art of illustration."

Ashley Wolff is a children's book author and illustrator in San Francisco, CA. She has created over 40 books.

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Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
GmaKathy More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my granddaughter, several weeks before she entered Kindergarten. She was transfixed by the story, in awe of the colorful pictures and the cadence of the rhyming prose. The concept of the teacher being excited about Kindergarten, as well as the students, helped my granddaughter think of her own teacher as a real person, with feelings. I recommend this book wholeheartedly.
IdaJK More than 1 year ago
We purchased this book for our 5-year-old granddaughter who is starting Kindergarten. As a school librarian, I had previously read this to our kindergartners. It follows a teacher (a border collie) and her students (portrayed by different animals with alphabet names) as they get ready for school. Lots of fun.
susanakanana More than 1 year ago
We bought this book for our Grandson, who will be starting Kindergarten this fall. It is a delightful book that I would highly recommend for children who will be starting Kindergarten. I found it made our grandson ask questions about Kindergarten and he now is very excited to attend. A great read for parents, children and grandparents to share together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 5 year old loves all of the Mrs Bindergarten books. I purchased this one before Kindergarten, and she just loves it. We read it A LOT, even though she has been in school for a month. It's just a terrific story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My oldest son will be starting kindergarten next fall and I got this to introduce the prospect to him. This gives us a year to read it over and over to help him overcome any nervousness he may normally have. Good, educational book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this for my 5 year old who was nervous about starting Kindergarten. After seeing how excited the children and teacher were about starting Kindergarten in this book it helped him get more excited and less nervous. This is fun and happy. There is one character who says he doesn't want to go, but by the end of the book even he is seen in the picture enjoying class. It is great how the alphabet ties in without overwhelming the book and taking away the fun. I was pleasantly surprised at how much my son and I enjoy this book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely a charmer, and one I read repeatedly to my 5-year-old at her request. It manages to be cute, entertaining, and reassuring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book every child should have. My daughter loves it. She makes me read it over and over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 5 year old granddaughter and I checked 2 Miss Bindergarten books out from our local library. She absolutely loved the book and now is excited about starting kindergarten in the fall! Very educational while fun! Plan to purchase these books to read over and over! Have a 3 year old coming up soon for school and she enjoyed the books as well.
brandy3713 More than 1 year ago
As a B&N member, I qualify for free express shipping. I ordered two copies of this book on a Monday, and needed them by Friday. I finally received them the following Tuesday - eight days later. Calling customer support got me nowhere. They spent all weekend telling me the system was be updated and would be available soon, and they couldn't do anything to help while it was down. I am very unhappy with B&N customer service, and will definitely not be renewing my membership.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How do I get my money back?? This book wont work!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My five year old granddaughter loves this book. She has read it with me many times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very slow response from BN. I paid extra for express shipping and it still took over 10 days to arrive at its destination.