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Posted May 17, 2010
Multi talented Iza Trapani never disappoints. She first won me as well as a host of young readers with The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Froggie Went A-Courtin', How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?, and several others. So, I was more than delighted, as were my young friends, to find RUFUS AND FRIENDS SCHOOL DAYS.
Autumn isn't too far away, and for many this will be their first day of school. With this brightly illustrated story Trapani will have youngsters counting the days. Basing this Rufus tale on traditional rhymes she extends the poetry so that they are appropriate for a school setting, and hides objects in the illustrations for readers to find.
For instance, adapting A Diller, A Dollar we read:
"A diller, a dollar,
A ten o'clock scholar.
What makes you come so soon?
You used to come at ten o'clock,
And now you come at noon.
A dozer, a drowser,
A slow-rousing bowser,
You sleep just like a rock.
School starts at eight, but you're not late,
It's only twelve o'clock!"
It is not only fun to read but a reminder that punctuality is important at school. Full page colorful illustrations filled with merry students will bring many a smile. Rufus and Friends School Days is both a learning experience and a celebration of happy school days to come.
- Gail Cooke