Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten [NOOK Book]

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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 rhyming, brightly illustrated book is the perfect way to practice the alphabet and ...
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Overview

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

Introduces the letters of the alphabet as Miss Bindergarten and her students get ready for kindergarten.

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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
Carolyn Phelan
It's the first morning of school, and as Miss Bindergarten arrives early to unpack the boxes, decorate the walls, and ready the kindergarten room for her new class, each of the new students prepares for the day as well. Alternating pages focus on the children and their teacher. The animal characters are introduced alphabetically as they make their way to school: "Adam Krupp wakes up. / Brenda Heath brushes her teeth. Christopher Beaker finds his sneaker. / Miss Bindergarten gets ready for kindergarten." If children realize that Adam is an alligator, Brenda a beaver, and Christopher a cat, so much the better, but the alphabetical learning will probably interest them less the first time through, at least than the activities leading to the first morning of school. Gwen McGunny packs her bunny, Henry Fetter fights his sweater, and Lennie Loom is vrooming to school in his wheelchair, a sight rarely seen in picture books. The bright ink-and-watercolor-wash illustrations fill every spread with details, some amusing, some touching, but all right on the money, that will absorb young children. With its catchy rhythm and lively illustrations, this picture book seems sure to entertain the kindergarten crowd as well as those looking forward to the experience.
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101651759
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/9/2001
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read to Me
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 104,369
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • File size: 32 MB
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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.



"My ideas come from everywhere: a childhood drawing I did of a porcupine, a silly song I once sang to a godchild, and my teacher-niece and pupil-grand nephew getting ready for kindergarten, all kicked off an idea for a book. Now I am writing novels, and it's the same what-if approach, although the first one came out of my West Virginia boyhood. It's called Crossing the Trestle, and the young narrator faces an obstacle I did as a child."



Mr. Slate is Professor of Art Emeritus at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he taught for 30 years. He now lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife, Patty. A Marine Air Corps veteran, he and his wife have set foot on all seven continents and traveled in 39 countries. They have lived in both Japan and Italy.



"Snacking is my big vice, especially chocolate and oatmeal raisin cookies. To keep my weight down, I take tai-chi courses with a world grand master and play water volley ball."



Awards: National Bookseller's and New York Public Library's annual lists, Library of Congress citation, Ohio and Kansas State Reading Circle lists, Colorado and Wyoming School Children's 1998 Best Book finalist, 1998 Americas Commended list, Publisher's Weekly best seller list (twice), Delaware's l997 Blue Hen Award, Ohioana Library Association's Award for distinguised service in the field of children's literature.



copyright ? 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.
"I grew up in a house with many windows. It sat on a hill and the forest came right into our back yard. Sometimes, in the very early morning, I could see a lake of fog in the valley below my house.



"The bedroom I shared with my sister looked into the forest. On the windowsill we lined up bird's nests and feathers and the skull and bones of small animals that we found in the forest.



"Every spring a pair of robins built their nest on the ledge right outside and, if we leaned out far enough, we could see the babies when they hatched.



"My house was in the small town of Middlebury, Vermont. Middlebury is beautiful town with a bandstand on the village green. On the hill at the top of Main Street is a church with a tall white steeple and across town, on another hill is Middlebury College where my Dad taught economics.



"Otter Creek winds through the middle of town and slides right under Main Street. Whenever we crossed the old stone bridge, my Mom would lift me up to watch the water crash down the falls and feel the cold spray on my face. Now I am tall and when I visit Middlebury I am able to lift my own boys up to see.



"Every time anyone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I answered 'An artist.' I loved my art teachers, Mrs. Wissler and Mr. Field. In high school I spent all my spare time in the art room. It was my home at school and where I felt most comfortable.



"I decided to go to college at The Rhode Island School of Design which is an art school. Part of the application to get into RISD was to make three drawings. I was required to draw a pair of shoes and a bicycle but the third drawing was up to me. I did a black and white self portrait in charcoal and put a wreath of colorful flowers in my hair.



"I tried lots of different art forms while I was a student but was most attracted in the end to illustration and printmaking, especially wood block and linoleum block printing. My favorite course was called 'Picture and Word' and was taught by Judy Sue Goodwin-Sturges, an Illustration professor and Phil Bailey, an English professor. We learned to write stories that left room for illustration and how to use illustration to enhance and enlarge a story. The lessons I learned in that class are still influencing me when I work on books today.



"I received my BFA from RISD in 1979. After graduation I returned to Middlebury for the summer and got a job at a small weekly newspaper called the Valley Voice.



"My title was Art Director but my job was to paste up the ads and sometimes illustrate a column. I went out on a date with Sabin Russell, the reporter for the Valley Voice, fell in love with him and married him in 1980.



"One week after our wedding we packed everything that would fit into the back of a red Toyota pickup and moved to San Francisco. Sitting between us on the front seat as we crossed the USA was my dog, a Border Collie named Pumpkin.



"I got Pumpkin in 1977 while I was still in art school. She was born on a dairy farm and her mother, Patsy, herded cows. Pumpkin went to class with me when I was in school and she went to work with me at the Valley Voice. When we got to California, I went to work at another small weekly newspaper in Marin County called the Pacific Sun and so did Pumpkin.



"In 1983 I left the newspaper to become a free-lance artist and muralist. My first murals had been on barns in Vermont. They were of cows, horses, sheep and children. That summer in California I painted more horses, wagons, dogs, geese and landscapes. I loved working outside in the sun with Pumpkin by my side, listening to the radio and talking to people passing by.



"Winter came and I began work on my illustration portfolio. I knew I needed to go to New York to meet editors and show my work. I made a lot of early morning phone calls and set up appointments with publishers.



"In March of 1983 I spent two weeks in New York, hauling my big leather portfolio around to different appointments. It rained every day and I came home to my friend's apartment every night, tired and wet.



"Near the end of my trip I met with an editor named Donna Brooks at a small publisher called Dodd Mead. She looked through my work and stopped at a linoleum block print of a girl in a red coat, kneeling in the snow, feeding the birds. 'I like this little girl. Why don't you write a story about her?' Donna asked.



"With her encouragement I went back to California and wrote and illustrated my first picture book, A Year of Birds. It was published in 1984 and I used that picture of the little girl for the cover.



"In 1986 Sabin and I left Pumpkin with my Dad and went on a trip around the world. We traveled East to West, beginning in Hawaii, New Zealand and Australia and ending six months later in Turkey, Italy and England. We came home to San Francisco and our son Brennan was born soon after.



"Now I have two sons, Brennan and Rowan, and lots of books. I have a house, a garden and a very busy life.



"I feel very lucky because I grew up to be what I wanted to be as a little girl: an artist."



Like Miss Bindergarten on the First Day of Kindergarten, children's book author and illustrator Ashley Wolff is always trying to coax order out of chaos.



The whimsically efficient border collie that prepares her classroom in Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten (1996) is at once an arranger, a sorter, and a teacher-not unlike Ashley herself. "I want children to look at the world and notice the colors, notice the details, notice the delicacy and intricacy of their world," she said.



With a blend of techniques that evolve with every new work, Wolff has consistently created beautiful books, filled with a sensitivity towards nature and love between family members.



"I like to illustrate because I like to solve problems," she said. "I like books because they have a definite beginning, middle, and ending. They have an arc." From her first book to her most recent works, Ashley has been drawn to cycles and circles in life: The months and the seasonal changes in A Year of Birds (1984); the secret adventures of a farm cat in Only the Cat Saw (1985); a Tortoise and Hare-like race around a city park lake in Stella and Roy (1993); the decorated, ordered circles of a necklace in A String of Beads (1997).



Ashley's paintings are invariably described as rich and vibrant. Her colors glow, and both warmth and complexity lie within her bold and orderly lines. The strong color themes found in all her books are the world as she sees it, rendered in what she calls "realism, with a stylized technique." Her hand-tinted linoleum block prints derive from her early work in woodcuts as a student at Rhode Island School of Design. More recent books such as A String of Beads are painted in gouache atop a background of black gesso-creating more fluid and painterly effects that retain hints of the dark outline of block prints.



"Each story I have worked on has asked for a particular illustration style and I've tried to oblige," said Ashley. "This has allowed me to explore many avenues as an artist and has resulted in an eclectic body of work. While the tools I use may change from book to book, my emphasis on strong composition and vivid color remain constant."



Even the lighter, pen and ink techniques used in Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten and A Garden Alphabet (1991) bear the luminous colors and strong sense of light and darkness found in her books. "I'm trying for naturalistic colors," Ashley explains. "I'm not trying to pump it up or tone it down. The world is full of color."



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  • Posted September 27, 2009

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    Delightful Book!

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

    Kindergarten story

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

    Wonderful book!

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2009

    Wonderful!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    Book was great - shipping not so much

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2008

    Getting Ready

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2005

    Wonderful for kindergarteners

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    Wont work

    How do I get my money back?? This book wont work!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2011

    Liked the book,

    very slow response from BN. I paid extra for express shipping and it still took over 10 days to arrive at its destination.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2009

    Great book for children starting Kindergarten.

    My five year old granddaughter loves this book. She has read it with me many times.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2004

    Adorable!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2002

    Must have

    This is a book every child should have. My daughter loves it. She makes me read it over and over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2000

    Outstanding Reading for My 5 year old!

    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.

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