Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
Manuscript letters parade across the bottom of each pretty page spelling out the language of the classroom in couplets: custodian, librarian, monitors, sharpener, fire drills and sitting still. Illustrating this new vocabulary are watercolors that provide a bigger picture of all that children will encounter in a typical school day. This perfect introduction to classroom life will help to map a youngster's day as her or she begins a journey toward education.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- In this book with lighthearted, rhyming couplets and cheery watercolors, readers glide through a typical day in a primary-grade classroom. The sparse text rhythmically identifies aspects of the day: ``School bus, cubby, starting bell/ Circle time, then show and tell.'' Routines such as art class, lunch, recess, story time, fire drill, and packing up at day's end occupy this rambunctious collection of children who reflect a mix of ethnic groups. A runaway class pet, a rabbit, romps from page to page as an ongoing visual joke. The illustrations use a fairly loose cartoon style and convey an infectious sense of movement. The text is reproduced to imitate children's block-style writing along a ruled guide that will be familiar to beginning printers; the page design effectively integrates text and pictures. One slightly jarring note: the children look older than their routines and behavior suggest. Nevertheless, it's a positive, reassuring treatment of something every child knows that will be enjoyed in a group or as independent reading. --Denise Anton Wright, Library Book Selection Service, Inc., Bloomington, IL