Starting School

Starting School

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by Allan Ahlberg, Janet Ahlberg
     
 

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Follow-up to "The Baby's Catalogue", this book describes what going to school entails. It aims to calm the anxieties and to encourage the enthusiasm of pre-school children. Other joint publications include "Peepo" and "Each Peach Pear Plum".

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Follow-up to "The Baby's Catalogue", this book describes what going to school entails. It aims to calm the anxieties and to encourage the enthusiasm of pre-school children. Other joint publications include "Peepo" and "Each Peach Pear Plum".

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In what amounts to both a primer and a catalogue of a schoolchild's ``firsts,'' the Alhbergs have combined a pleasing design with salient bits of information, driven home by a band of roly-poly children. The level of schooling is not referred to, so this works for either preschoolers or kindergartners. A variety of scenarios are imagined and depicted: one child weeps on a teacher's lap, while parents, too, shed a few tears on the way out the door. Singing, learning to read, cleaning up the room, getting used to a rabbitthe day is over before the children realize it. The next day, those who had been accompanied by their parents only 24 hours earlier head out to school on their own. Each day and week of the semester is packed with activities and realities: the children are not always happy, teachers not always serenegrumpiness is part of the school term, too. Children looking at this book will sense the Alhbergs' honest approach; this is a generous and sprightly view of school. Ages 2-6. (Sept.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 The first four months of school for eight first graders are chronicled in wonderful watercolor detail. Lines of text interrupted by numerous small pictures, perfect for sharing in laps or small groups, show a multi-racial class of children getting used to things on ``The First Day''a book corner, a box of dress-up clothes, the toilets, lockers, classroom routines, and saying goodbye to parents. Three other parts, ``The Second Day,'' ``Time Goes By,'' and ``Christmas Comes,'' follow with learning to read and write, show-and-tell, and the class rabbit who is finally named Ronald. Numerous pictures show the small school obstacles that each five year old must overcome. However, no book can depict the first year of school accurately for all audiences. Here, toilets flush with pull chains, children say a prayer at mealtimes and ``put on a play about baby Jesus'' at Christmas, dance in the gym in leotards and slippers, and swim each Friday in the school pool. Still, this school is a friendly place, and children everywhere share at least some of the experiences pictured. Susan Hepler, formerly at Windsor Public Library, Conn.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140507379
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
06/01/1999
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 8.11(h) x 0.08(d)

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Starting School 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 4.5 year old daughter loves this book. She 'reads' it in bed every night. It's a really positive look at what will happen in kindergarten, and multicultural to boot!