My Somebody Special

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It is the end of a busy day at school, and one at a time, all of the toddlers have been picked up—all except one, that is. Now the last child sits alone with his teacher, growing more and more anxious as he watches the door, waiting and wondering . . . Will my somebody special ever come for me, too?
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Overview

It is the end of a busy day at school, and one at a time, all of the toddlers have been picked up—all except one, that is. Now the last child sits alone with his teacher, growing more and more anxious as he watches the door, waiting and wondering . . . Will my somebody special ever come for me, too?
Any child who has felt worried at the end of a busy day will be comforted by this cozy story, lovingly illustrated by Ashley Wolff.

A youngster experiences the emotions of being the last to be picked up at school.

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Publishers Weekly
With its skillful interplay of text and art, this story taps into one of the verities of preschool, the anxiety of being the last one picked up. "Our busy day is almost through./ Somebody special is coming for you./ Somebody special will open the door,/ and you'll be the one they're looking for," writes Weeks (the Mrs. McNosh books). One by one, doting and punctual anthropomorphized animal parents come through the classroom door to take their offspring home. The last one left is a puppy, who, having watched many of the departures, now looks unmistakably woebegone. Then, in a spread that will resonate as much with parents as with children, Wolff moves the action from the warmly lit interior to the darkened outdoors, where a frantic canine mother rushes from the bus stop toward school. "Who's feeling a little bit worried are you?" reads the text. With this scene, Wolff makes the line about worrying refer to both parent and child, and plumbs the emotional nuances of the situation while retaining the same amiable and detailed visual style of the popular Miss Bindergarten books. The artist doesn't overplay the puppy's fears he grows increasingly wide-eyed and anxious, but doesn't cry or panic. Children, accordingly, can identify with the puppy's struggle to be brave yet share his tail-wagging relief when his "somebody special" envelops him with a big hug. Ages 2-5. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-An engaging rhyming story. The colorful double-page spreads show a cheerful preschool environment full of energetic animal youngsters. While many of the illustrations showcase opportunities for creative play and one highlights the joy of sharing books, the focus of this story comes at day's end. It opens, "Our busy day is almost through. Somebody special is coming for you." As children are picked up one by one (by a parent of the same species), they are identified by a physical trait (a cute nose, soft hair, a soft pink tummy). For example, a fox parent says, "Whose hair is as soft as the morning mist?" and the little one responds, "Mine is. Mine is. Mine!" Human kids will definitely chime in as the animals respond to their parents' calls. They'll also relate to the apprehensive little dog that is left till last. Discouraged and worried, he's especially pleased to be picked up and reassured by his tardy but loving mom. Wolff's engaging illustrations, done in bright colors and plenty of patterns, add punch to the simple but appealing text. They effectively convey the personalities and interests of their unnamed characters while giving young listeners lots to look at as the story unfolds. This pleasant tale with its reassuring message and attractive art will be just right for young children who aren't quite ready for Joseph Slate's "Miss Bindergarten" stories (Dutton).-Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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A sensitive tale exploring the turbulent mix of emotions, both the trepidation and happy reunion experienced by youngsters at pick-up time. Simple verses take readers through the end-of-day rituals the children have at a school or daycare facility. One by one, parents arrive, reciting a riddle just for their own child, to which the youngsters respond with enthusiasm (as will the audience). Various physical attributes lovingly described by the parents include big round eyes (the raccoon), a cute nose (the otter), silken hair (the fox), soft tummies, perfect toes, etc. "Whose cheeks just beg to be nibbled and kissed? Mine do. Mine do. Mine!" The repetition of this scenario with each child reassures readers even as Weeks (Oh My Gosh, Mrs. McNosh!, below, etc.) gently acknowledges the incipient anxiety of the last one remaining. The eventual arrival of the tardy parent results in obvious relief, reaffirming the reader's sense of security. The deeply hued illustrations are a rich blend of watercolors, chalk pastels, and pencil drawings. They depict a nursery school full of adorable critters ranging from a chubby-cheeked chipmunk to a prickly porcupine in familiar, fun activities, such as painting and dress-up, while conveying the increasing unease of the puppy that will be the last to leave. Sympathetic and soothing, this tale is just right for taming the worries of small fry when they are away from home. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152025618
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/1/1902
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD140L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

SARAH WEEKS is the author of several popular middle grade novels and award-winning picture books. She lives in New York City.

ASHLEY WOLFF is the illustrator of numerous bestselling children's books, including Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten. She lives in San Francisco, California.

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