Ready and Waiting for You

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The bus driver, the principal, the teachers -- all these and more wait behind doors, ready to welcome new students. Each school setting offers warm and friendly characters perfect for reassuring any child nervous about starting school.

Children will be delighted by the colorful illustrations and the exuberant text of this book, and its unique format that allows readers to open flaps revealing the school settings waiting for them behind. Ready and Waiting for You is the perfect ...

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Overview

The bus driver, the principal, the teachers -- all these and more wait behind doors, ready to welcome new students. Each school setting offers warm and friendly characters perfect for reassuring any child nervous about starting school.

Children will be delighted by the colorful illustrations and the exuberant text of this book, and its unique format that allows readers to open flaps revealing the school settings waiting for them behind. Ready and Waiting for You is the perfect introduction to the first day of school, and will leave young readers eager to be on their way!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Education is meant to open doors, and so is this inviting title written and conceived of by Moreillon, who uses a loose, repeating rhyme to welcome kids to the school day. Full-page foldouts allow readers to open various doors presented to them. “Come in. Come in./ Come in through this door./ Are you new?” asks a girl who gestures to the door of the waiting bus; opening the large flap shows the same girl and other students preparing to board the bus. Stock’s cut-paper artwork has the bright palette of a fresh box of crayons, and she makes every aspect of the school experience friendly and welcoming, from the crossing guard cheerfully working the crosswalk to a library filled with computers and books. Ages 4–7. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
From the moment the bus pulls up, the school year begins with many doors opening, both literally and figuratively in this bright and cheery concept book. The bus driver, crossing guards, principal and many other helpful adults greet students with a smile and the question, "Are you new?" followed by the refrain, "We're ready and waiting for you." Colorful crowds of children varying in age and ethnicity populate the illustrations and take readers on a tour of the entire school, from library and playground to the cafeteria and classroom. The assuring message for nervous children starting school is clear: you are welcome here. The book is designed with multiple gate folds that allow the reader to open a page as though opening a door, and to go into each of the rooms from the hallway. For teachers reading aloud to a group, managing the pages may require practice, but lap readers will love the lift-a-flap feeling of the book. The torn paper illustrations are lively and detailed, especially considering the confines of the concept. This would be an especially good book to share with children making the transition from childcare or preschool to a bigger school environment. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
School Library Journal
10/01/2013
K-Gr 1—In this picture book about starting a new school, all the other children and staff are welcoming, from cafeteria workers to the librarian, teacher, and attendance clerk. "Come in. Come in…./Are you new?/We're ready and waiting for you." Foldouts extend the colorful, torn-paper illustrations, and the author's "open door" design concept gives readers the feeling that they are entering the various scenes. With its generous spirit-"come in through this door…/We won't be a whole school till you do"-this story is likely to help anxious youngsters feel special and promote the excitement that soon overcomes first-day fears. It is also a reminder to returning students about what it takes to make things work well at school. A first purchase.—Janene Corbin, Rosebank Elementary School, Nashville, TN
Kirkus Reviews
New students will feel welcomed by this book celebrating their arrival to school. With rhythmic, rhyming text and bright, torn-paper art, Moreillon and Stock take the new students on a tour of every room of the school to show how the current students and teachers are getting ready for them. Starting with the bright yellow school bus, the narrators invite the new student in. "Come in. Come in. Come in through this door. Are you new?" Turn the gatefold, and other children and the bus driver join in, "Your boisterous bus mates and the bus driver say, ‘We're ready and waiting for you.' " Not only is the bus driver excited, but the crossing guards, neighborhood dogs, principal, mascot, school secretary, librarian and computer tech, gym, art and music teachers, and every other school employee is waiting for the new student to arrive. The sunny art will be a comfort to any parent who is trying to help his or her child make the transition to a new school. Any child making a change will find comfort here--whether it's a preschooler or home-schooler entering a school for the very first time or a seasoned third-grader moving to a new school. A sunny, optimistic, enjoyable view of school for any child transitioning into a new school environment. (Picture book. 4-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802853554
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Judi Moreillon is an author and librarian educator. Her books include Sing Down the Rain (Kiva Publishing) and Read to Me/Vamos a leer (Star Bright Books). Judi lives in Arizona and Texas. Visit her website at www.storytrail.com.

Catherine Stock is the author and illustrator of several books, including Gugu's House (Clarion). She has also illustrated numerous other books, including My Name Is Sangoel (Eerdmans) and Emily and Carlo (Charlesbridge). Catherine lives in New York and France. Visit her website at www.catherinestock.com.

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