Ollie's School Day: A Yes-And-No Book

Ollie's School Day: A Yes-And-No Book

by Stephanie Calmenson, Abby Carter
     
 

Children are invited to shout out the answers—some silly, some serious—to yes-and-no questions as they follow Ollie during a day at school.
What will Ollie wear to school? A bathing suit? NO! A
space suit? NO! A police officer’s uniform? NO! Will
Ollie wear pants, a shirt, socks, and shoes? YES!
While chock-full of fun, this read-aloud

Overview

Children are invited to shout out the answers—some silly, some serious—to yes-and-no questions as they follow Ollie during a day at school.
What will Ollie wear to school? A bathing suit? NO! A
space suit? NO! A police officer’s uniform? NO! Will
Ollie wear pants, a shirt, socks, and shoes? YES!
While chock-full of fun, this read-aloud favorite offers many educational opportunities as it engages children in the reading process, exposes them to the sight words yes and no, and teaches social skills and positive classroom behavior.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Ollie is a delightfully zany companion for any youngster off to the preschool or early elementary classroom for the first time. The interactive text offers a peek at the structure of the school day and a measure of playful control, both of which can help defuse anxiety. As Ollie moves from getting dressed, riding the school bus and answering the teacher's questions, the narrator poses a series of realistic questions and follows each with several comical questions to which the child listener can shout "no," and finally ends with a question that frames an appropriate reaction, allowing for the child's "yes." For example, "What will Ollie do at story time?" is followed first by "Will he practice the kazoo? No!" and "Will he put on skates and zip around the room? No!" before we are given "Will Ollie sit quietly and listen to his teacher read? Yes!" Kids, teachers and parents will hale this funny, empowering book with a resounding Yes! Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
Children's Literature - Avee Gee
What is going to happen to Ollie during his first day at school? In a call-and-response format, the reader is invited into Ollie's world to help him make good choices at home and school. We follow Ollie on the school bus, into the school yard, classroom, and finally back home into his mother's loving arms. While Carter's water colors breathe fun into the story, pulling the reader in, the illustrations reflect the words rather than enhancing the text which is heavy-handed it is predictable "Will he?" beginning each sentence and the repetitive "Yes-No-No" response pattern. Ollie appears to be a puppet of the adult world, willing the child to make the right choice without giving the reader a chance to hear Ollie's own voice. Although Ollie is a Kindergartener, there are not enough sight words to make it a read-alone book and would be better suited for preschoolers. An even better book about this topic would be Slate's Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten. Reviewer: Avee Gee
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Madcap cartoons embellish a series of questions about a young boy's day at school. Will Ollie's breakfast be a bowl of bubblegum, fishy-flavor ice cream, a sour pickle, or a bowl of cereal? From waking to story time, riding the bus and coming home, children are offered three amusing options at each juncture, followed by sedate reality. Calmenson cleverly ends the day with Ollie being met at home by "someone who loves him," accommodating an audience's variety of after-school greeters. Carter's watercolors play with the text and add hilarity with wee portraits like a fish wearing boots and a squirrel lounging under a beach umbrella. This gentle tutorial in school behavior effectively employs call-and-response to engage listeners.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Kirkus Reviews
An interactive look at a young boy's school day teaches those new to school about routines and manners. Calmenson, a former kindergarten teacher, savvily encourages the youngest listeners to chime in and be part of the reading process, inviting them in from the very first page: "Would you like to read an Ollie story?" From there, the text takes on a question-and-answer format, with three outlandish questions followed by one realistic one. For school today, will Ollie put on "A bathing suit?...A space suit?...A police officer's uniform?" Each of these questions is punctuated by a "NO" in large and colorful type. A page turn asks, "Will Ollie put on pants and a shirt, socks and shoes? YES!" Readers are sure to catch the pattern and relish shouting out the answers…after they finish giggling at the silly scenarios, which Carter plays up in her watercolor vignettes and one-page spreads. Ollie is an adorable, rosy-cheeked, blue-eyed blond who ping-pongs between the mischievous imp who practices playing the kazoo during storytime and the perfectly mannered little boy who teaches readers how to behave when meeting friends, answering a teacher's questions, and getting ready to go home. And when he does get home, he finds not a whale, a juggler or a robot waiting, but someone who loves him. Will this be a popular and raucous first-day-of-school favorite? YES! (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823423774
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2012
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Stephanie Calmenson was an early childhood educator. She lives in New York City.

Abby Carter began illustrating at the age of eleven. She lives in Connecticut.

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