Morgan and Moffat Go to School (Barkers Series)


Morgie and Moffie can't wait to start school!  They buy backpacks and pencil boxes, and off they go.  Moffie, who knows the answers to all of the teacher's questions, gets a lot of gold stars. And Morgie, who likes sharing his dinosaur book, makes two new friends. But by the end of the week Morgie and Moffie help each other to understand that it's important to both get gold stars and make new friends.  And they agree that they love school!

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Morgie and Moffie can't wait to start school!  They buy backpacks and pencil boxes, and off they go.  Moffie, who knows the answers to all of the teacher's questions, gets a lot of gold stars. And Morgie, who likes sharing his dinosaur book, makes two new friends. But by the end of the week Morgie and Moffie help each other to understand that it's important to both get gold stars and make new friends.  And they agree that they love school!

Bossy Moffie and her quiet twin brother Morgie both enjoy starting school, especially getting gold stars and making new friends.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"DePaola's illustrations are full of his characteristic charm and humor.  This fresh approach to first-day-of-school stories will entertain, reassure, and enlighten new students." -Booklist
Children's Literature
We meet the charming, anthropomorphic Welsh terrier twins as they go to school for the first time. At first, Moffie is the bossy eager achiever, while Morgie is busy making friends, but both soon settle into the routine, ending by loving school. Simply told but filled with realistic school activities, this tale introduces a pair that readers will probably look forward to meeting again. The artist's style is unmistakably his own—heavy outlines, tints of color that stay within the lines, almost no perspective, lots of small scenes, only the most basic of contextual details. In these settings he loads emotions familiar to his audience, from impatience and jealousy to pride in accomplishments. 2001, G. P. Putnam's Sons, $13.99. Ages 3 to 6. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A heartwarming story about two dogs starting school. Moffie is smart, outspoken, and always has to be first. She knows her colors, can count to 10, and is first to answer all of the teacher's questions. She is proud of her gold stars while her twin brother, Morgie, is proud of making a new friend who also likes dinosaurs. After the teacher has a talk with Moffie about not giving other children a chance to answer, the little pup realizes she does not have any friends, a situation that comes to a satisfying conclusion. Genuinely expressive, lovable characters, depicted in warm tones on handmade watercolor paper, make this a great read-aloud to calm first-day, first-week, or even first-month-of-school jitters.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary, Huntsville, AL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The ageless dePaola casts two of his own Welsh terriers in this carefully constructed series kickoff. When Morgan and his type-A older twin sister, Moffat, start school, he proceeds to make friends by sharing his dinosaur book, but doesn't shine as a student, while she apple-polishes her way to a row of gold stars. The roles reverse at week's end when Morgan suggests that Moffat and rival, Sally, put up a block tower together, rather than compete with each other, and then goes on to earn a star of his own when the teacher asks if anyone can name some dinosaurs. Besides building his story around personality differences and conflict resolution, dePaola has enlisted a literacy consultant, evidently to ensure that his prose is accessible to beginning readers. Which it is—delivering modeled behavior in light, positive ways, and fleshing out his puppy protagonists with artfully presented differences and similarities, he has crafted a tale that all brand-new grade-schoolers will effortlessly absorb and enjoy. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142500835
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Series: Barker Twins Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 324,474
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD200L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Tomie dePaola
Tomie dePaola
Best known for his award-winning picture book Strega Nona and for the 26 Fairmount Avenue series of chapter books, Tomie dePaola is one of the most prolific -- and beloved -- author/illustrators in the field of children's literature.


Born in 1934 into a large extended Irish/Italian family, Tomie dePaola received his art education at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute and the California College of Arts & Crafts. Although he always wanted to create children's books, he spent several years applying his talents to the fields of education, theater, and graphic design. In the mid-1960s, he received his first commission to illustrate a children's science book. A year later, he published his first original picture book, The Wonderful Dragon of Timlin. Today, he is one of the most prolific -- and beloved -- author/illustrators in children's literature.

In addition to illustrating stories by other writers, DePaola has created artwork for collections of poetry, nursery rhymes, holiday traditions, and folk and religious tales. But, he is most famous for books of his own creation, especially Strega Nona ("Grandma Witch"), the beloved story of an old woman who uses her magical powers to help the people of her small Italian village. Written in 1975, this Caldecott Honor winner is still delighting children today.

DePaola admits that there are strong autobiographical elements in many of his books (Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs, The Art Lesson, Stagestruck), but nowhere is this more evident than in 26 Fairmount Avenue, a series of charming chapter books based on his Connecticut childhood. Taking its name from the address of his family home, the series captures the experiences and emotions of a young boy growing up in the late 1930s and early '40s in the shadow of World War II. The first book in the series received a 1999 Newbery Honor Award.

DePaola and his work have been recognized with many honors, including the Smithsonian Medal, the Kerlan Award for "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal, and several awards from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. In 1999, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts bestowed on dePaola the Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award for the body of his work.

Good To Know

  • Tomie dePaola's name is pronounced Tommy de POW-la.

  • Between college and graduate school, dePaola spent a short time in a Benedictine monastery before determining that religious life was not for him.

  • Using a combination of watercolor, tempera, and acrylic, dePaola's artistic style is best described as folk-traditional.

  • DePaola's favorite painters and strongest artistic influences are Matisse, Giotto, and Ben Shahn.
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    Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments ..... ix
    Preface ..... xiii
    Part 1: On the Path ..... 1
    1: Whispers ..... 3
    2: Make Sure Johnny's Not Home ..... 8
    3: The Man with the Barber's Comb ..... 18
    4: Exploring ..... 24
    5: Hitting Home ..... 30
    Part 2: Encounters With the Other Side ..... 41
    6: The Language ..... 43
    7: They're in Charge (Part 1) ..... 60
    8: Appreciating the Messages ..... 70
    9: I Don't Censor ..... 80
    10: Living in This World ..... 88
    11: Tracy's Love ..... 96
    12: Keeping the Faith ..... 104
    13: Andrew's Miracle ..... 111
    14: They're in Charge (Part 2) ..... 136
    15: Winds Beneath Our Wings ..... 143
    Part 3: Deeper ..... 149
    16: Sneaking Peeks ..... 151
    17: "Now He's Your Older Brother" ..... 164
    18: The Druggist and the Donor ..... 183
    19: Delivering the Goods ..... 201
    20: Mikey and Me ..... 207
    A Few Last Words ..... 219
    Referrals ..... 221
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