The Night Before Preschool

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It's the night before preschool, and a little boy named Billy is so nervous he can't fall asleep. The friends he makes the next day at school give him a reason not to sleep the next night, either: he's too excited about going back! The book's simple rhyming text and sweet illustrations will soothe any child's fears about the first day of school.

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Overview

It's the night before preschool, and a little boy named Billy is so nervous he can't fall asleep. The friends he makes the next day at school give him a reason not to sleep the next night, either: he's too excited about going back! The book's simple rhyming text and sweet illustrations will soothe any child's fears about the first day of school.

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Yes, this is a riff on The Night Before Christmas. It focuses on preschool jitters by a young boy named Billy. He can't sleep, he worries about making friends, his tummy hurts—it is all nerves and stress. The good news is that when he finally is engaged in activities such as drawing and listening to stories as well as playing outside, he has a great time. The refrain is familiar: "The kids lay on their mats; soon there wasn't a peep—all were quiet except Billy who could not fall asleep." What is going to happen? Billy has forgotten his stuffed bear Jerome. A young girl offers another stuffed animal for quiet-time and soon Billy was asleep. Then before you know it, preschool is over and the parents have arrived and Billy has a reunion with his favorite toy. The pictures are amusing, the text presents a real situation and kids concerned about heading off to preschool may certainly benefit from sharing this story. This title is one of many in the author's series that address special days in a child's life. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780448454511
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 5/12/2011
  • Series: Night Before Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 63,103
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Natasha Wing was born in Milford, Connecticut in 1960. At the age of 20 she moved to Arizona where she finished college at Arizona State University in 1982 with a B.S. in Advertising. In 1988 she married Daniel Wing and moved to Northern California where she worked in advertising for a number of years.

It wasn't until 1991 that she decided to write children's books. Luckily she sold her first book, Hippity Hop, Frog on Top, within 6 months and has been writing children's books and articles ever since. Her second book, Jalapeno Bagels, came out in June 1996 with Atheneum Books. The Night Before Easter, was published with Putnam All Aboard Books. She has also been published in Humpty Dumpty's Magazine, Girls' Life, and Hopscotch for Girls, and has two recipes in Writers in the Kitchen.

Birthday: February 7th Pets: Siberian husky, Sabaka, and cat, Jemima Professional: Member of Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Favorite Children's Books: Polar Express, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Cat in the Hat, The Golden Compass Favorite Season: Fall Favorite Tree: Maple Favorite Color: Cranberry red Favorite Cookie: Oatmeal Raisin with Vanilla Chips Reason for writing The Night Before Easter: "I wrote The Night Before Easter for parents to read at bedtime so children could go to sleep with sweet dreams of jelly beans dancing in their heads."

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    Great Book

    My 2.5 year old was going to Preschool for the first time. I found that he really paid attention to this book and was interested in it.

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