Rufus and Friends: School Days


Rufus and his friends spend a day in school reading, writing, counting, singing--and making mischief in the library. Best-selling author/illustrator Iza Trapani extends fourteen nursery rhymes, including, "The Ants Go Marching," "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe," and "A Diller, a Dollar," in this celebration of school.
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Rufus and his friends spend a day in school reading, writing, counting, singing--and making mischief in the library. Best-selling author/illustrator Iza Trapani extends fourteen nursery rhymes, including, "The Ants Go Marching," "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe," and "A Diller, a Dollar," in this celebration of school.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-K—Rufus returns, stringing together traditional rhymes from "There Was a Little Girl" to "A Diller, A Dollar" and extending those rhymes with new verses as readers follow the group of pups throughout their day. Rufus introduces the story: "Why don't you hop aboard this bus/And spend a day in school with us?" The next page shows the pups in rain gear bustling down the hall to the rhyme "The Ants Go Marching." Trapani adds more humor with: "They march in step, in perfect rows,/the little one stops to pick her nose,/And they all go marching fast/To their class/To have fun/One by one!" The rhymes are perfectly situated within a realistic classroom setting, and a blackboard with early math lessons is paired with "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe." The colorfully dressed pups' expressions and body language are priceless. Also within the illustrations are hidden items with a prompting list at the book's end. Teachers can rhyme the morning agenda: "Come over, little waggly pups./Let's have our morning greeting./We'll talk about our day ahead,/And then we'll start off reading."—Teresa Pfeifer, Alfred Zanetti Montessori Magnet School, Springfield, MA
Publishers Weekly
The kid appeal is easy to see in this follow-up to Rufus and Friends: Rhyme Time. Fourteen jaunty poems focus on Rufus and his classmates at school. The poems are built on traditional rhymes like “The Ants Go Marching,” but with embellishments (“They march in step, in perfect rows,/ The little one stops to pick her nose”). Trapani’s canine students are lovable and expressive: a mop dog’s eyes are obscured by fur, a beefy brown dog drools, and a black poodle bares her pointy canines, acting “horrid.” A quiz lets readers find objects hidden in the pictures. Ages 4–7. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
Adventures in elementary school, through the eyes of eager canine students and told in bouncy verse. In bright red raincoat and boots, dachshund Rufus waves to the camera as he boards the bus for school: "My books are packed. My tummy's fed. / I'm ready for the day ahead." Rufus and his dog friends, a nice cross-section of breeds, have a day of classroom adventures (14 altogether), based on childhood songs and rhymes. A fluffy poodle is the subject of "There Was a Little Girl," a new "Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son" celebrates student musicians and "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe" introduces a math lesson. Many of the source poems will be unfamiliar, but Trapani's inventive and precise verse allows each rhyme to stand on its own. Similarly, her illustrations, in watercolor, ink and colored pencil, are bright and distinct. Bonus addendum: a quiz that takes readers back on a scavenger hunt through many of the poems. A winner. (Picture book/poetry. 4-7)
Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
Fourteen traditional nursery rhymes tell about the activities of a school day with a puppy named Rufus and his puppy friends in this second in the "Rufus and Friends" books of rhyming verses. An introductory poem has Rufus starting the day by getting on the school bus. The poem, "The Ants Go Marching," has the puppies marching to their class. Other traditional verses with additional rhymes describe the happenings as the puppies learn their lessons, do their projects, eat lunch, and play during recess. They learn math, listen to a flute recital, and generally have fun until the end of the school day. A short quiz at the end asks readers to find certain words and objects on different pages. Pleasant illustrations of the cute puppies and their antics add to the fun. The humor and lively lyrics help make this an excellent book to read aloud to young children. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580892490
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2010
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 983,168
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.14 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Iza Trapani is the best-selling author/illustrator of several children's books, including TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR, I'M A LITTLE TEAPOT, THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER, and RUFUS AND FRIENDS: RHYME TIME. She lives in the Hudson Valley of New York.
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  • Posted May 17, 2010

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    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

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