Ready, Set, Preschool!: Stories, Poems and Picture Games with an Educational Guide for Parents

Ready, Set, Preschool!: Stories, Poems and Picture Games with an Educational Guide for Parents

by Anna Jane Hays, True Kelley
     
 

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Here in one big lap book is everything a child AND his or her parent needs to know before the first day of preschool! The stories, poems, and activities involve not only basic early learning concepts--letters and early phonics, numbers and counting, shapes, colors, opposites, etc.--but also address important aspects of socialization--making friends, sharing, taking

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Here in one big lap book is everything a child AND his or her parent needs to know before the first day of preschool! The stories, poems, and activities involve not only basic early learning concepts--letters and early phonics, numbers and counting, shapes, colors, opposites, etc.--but also address important aspects of socialization--making friends, sharing, taking turns, cooperating, getting dressed, going to the potty, saying good-bye without tears. And for the parent, who is often as anxious about preschool as the child, the author has included extensive Notes to the Parent showing how to best use each entry in the book. Authoritative and brimming with bright, lively illustrations, this book makes getting ready for preschool a happy adventure!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Children and their parents are also targeted in Anna Jane Hays's Ready, Set, Preschool!, illus. by True Kelley. From front endpapers that teach ABCs to closing endpapers that demonstrate colors and numbers, this picture book presents most of the skills children need to start preschool. A parting note to parents helps them understand the purpose of each tale included. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Everything a little person needs to know about preschool is represented in this appealing book. The six main characters are lively and each of the little stories shows them in a variety of activities encountered at preschool (and at home). The author stresses that it is important that children "who know what to expect" are "ready for the socialization and learning experiences of preschool." Kelly's charming illustrations (with a variety of faces, sizes and shapes of people) are inviting and definitely depict all of the things a child could expect to experience in a preschool setting. From the end papers to the background settings, every page is crammed with vital information for the early learner: colors, letters, numbers, diagrams, charts, etc. Every aspect of the day is approached with fun, facts, and learning experiences. Children will enjoy interacting with all of the open-ended stories: predicting "what comes next," noticing details, and discussing the characters' actions. They will gain confidence as well as have their imaginations stimulated. My one reservation about the book is the scene in which two children, in the process of making friends, exchange parts of their lunches. This is not generally allowed at most schools due to the increasing awareness of food allergies and dietary restrictions. Adult readers will need to interject the "rules" of the school their child will attend. An introduction and end notes for parents make this a valuable addition to any family/school library. 2005, Knopf/Random House, Ages 2 to 5.
—Sheilah Egan
School Library Journal
PreS-Reading readiness, numerals, and socialization skills are promoted in this engaging activity book. Children can help Casey count his favorite treasures to take to school ("One blankie for quiet time. Two books with words that rhyme"). The picture rebus of animal sounds invites participation. "What's in the Classroom?" familiarizes preschoolers with a new setting, and objects in the detailed scene are labeled to extend vocabulary. Primary concepts such as color, shapes, and opposites are conveyed in Kelley's cheerful, watercolor cartoons of a culturally diverse class having fun in a variety of environments-from the "Triangle-Square Ranch" to a rainy day on the playground. Short stories address topics such as separation anxiety and fears of "Will I Have a Friend?" Hays also includes a helpful section for parents that highlights the developmentally appropriate learning opportunities each activity provides. A useful resource to share with families preparing for the first day of school.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Former Sesame Street editor-in-chief Hays offers a comprehensive resource for fledgling preschoolers and their anxious parents. Starting with the basics and progressing to behavioral expectations and socialization issues, she covers preschool from beginning to end. She even uses the end papers to maximum potential, where Kelley's lively illustrations depict the alphabet, numbers and colors. From mastery of one's first name to mastery of the potty, here's a wealth of preschool readiness skills to observe, model and achieve. There's first-day-of-school separation anxiety and the new-kid-in-school blues, along with barnyard animals, shape recognition and other favorites. Rather than tackling it in a single-sitting read-aloud session, parents should best use this in small segments. Kelley's colorful, detailed illustrations lend plenty of opportunities for reader interaction; vibrant, full-color spreads with engaging children enjoying a variety of activities will draw readers in. Includes a parent's education guide. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375825194
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
07/12/2005
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.54(w) x 11.75(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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