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A kindergartener invites her mom to class and discovers there are some things kids are better at than parents. This book makes a perfect gift for readers who are about to start or have recently started school.
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A kindergartener invites her mom to class and discovers there are some things kids are better at than parents. This book makes a perfect gift for readers who are about to start or have recently started school.
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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Sarah Harrison Smith
Fergus's light humor keeps the story amusing rather that instructive (most kids catch on to that kind of hidden lesson pretty quickly), and Mike Lowery's simple, full-page illustrations make the most of the silly action.
Publishers Weekly
Middle-grade author Fergus (Ortega) makes her picture-book debut with the story of a put-upon kindergartener who is more than ready for school; the same can’t be said for her mother, though. The premise recalls Hyewon Yum’s recent Hey Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten, and this book relies on the same comedic contrast between a confident, well-adjusted kid and a parent who just doesn’t get it. However, Fergus and Lowery distinguish their offering with lively humor and a bright, welcoming cartoon aesthetic. After neglecting to wait in line to enter the classroom, the young narrator’s mother forgets to put her shoes in her cubby, makes a mess at lunch, and otherwise mortifies her daughter. But with patience and some teacherly wisdom (“Ms. Beaudry said I should remember that Mom had never been to our class before”), mother and daughter are able to reach an understanding. Young readers will giggle over the parental talking points the girl deploys (“I’m proud of how hard you tried today, Mom”), while perhaps recognizing some of their own foibles on display. Ages 3–7. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
A student narrates the events that occur when her mother stays with her for a day in kindergarten. The mother appears apprehensive when she brings her daughter to the classroom. With her daughter's invitation to enter the classroom, the mother is overjoyed with the opportunity to attend kindergarten; however, she is overly enthusiastic to the point that she forgets her manners. The mother becomes the disorderly student as she cuts in line, shouts out answers, and drops crumbs from her snack. In a role-reversal situation, the daughter patiently explains to her unruly mother about the classroom rules and procedures. The incidents are difficult to believe such as the mother struggling with scissors and glue; yet, young children may get a good laugh or relate their own behaviors with the mother in the story. The pictures in the book illustrate mom struggling through kindergarten and her daughter trying to help her mother adjust. The story comes to a sweet ending. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
PreS-K—A nameless little girl likes everything kindergarten so her transition toward independence has been easy for her, but not for her mother, whom she invites to join her for a day in class. Her mother is excited about the opportunity but her actions are more than a bit embarrassing when she doesn't wait her turn in line or take off her outside shoes. Her daughter gives her gentle reminders to follow the expected behaviors but Mom keeps having outbursts and shows a lack of self-control. Dismayed by her behavior, the child consults her teacher and is reminded that it takes a while to get used to something new. The girl is pleased when her mom displays more appropriate behavior and learns the rules that every kindergartener knows. At the end of the day, the woman decides to stick to things she is good at and leave the kindergarten activities to her daughter. Lowery's cartoon art is simple and expressive, accurately displaying activities of a kindergarten classroom. This is a fresh and funny look at a familiar subject that both children and parents will enjoy.—Diane Antezzo, Ridgefield Library, CT
Kirkus Reviews
Mom manages to make about every mistake in the kindergarten book when she visits school one day. Mom looks a little woebegone when she drops her daughter off at kindergarten, so her daughter invites her to come for the day. But Mom doesn't know the rules, so she neglects to take off her outdoor shoes ("I was SHOCKED," says her daughter), talks out of turn ("VERY EMBARRASSING, Mom"), spills crumbs from her sandwich, blabs during storytime and grumps when her art project doesn't turn out. But she gradually gets the hang of things, and by the end, she is almost a kindergartener, though the chairs really are too small. Fergus has provided a fun poke at role reversal, with the mother as the utter miscreant and the daughter striking an admonitory note. It has a nice, natural touch, and it should be a solace for any kid who worries about entering kindergarten: Mistakes are not the end of the world. Lowery provides a strong supporting background with strong lines and great fields of color in his illustrations. The artwork also squares readers to the kindergarten setting: You can almost smell the crayons and feel in the cubbies for your shoes. A well-observed kindergarten whimsy. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554536986
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 225,598
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD900L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Author Maureen Fergus has written the YA novelsExploits of a Reluctant (But Extremely Goodlooking) Hero , Recipe for Disaster and Ortega. The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten is her first picture book. She lives in Winnipeg, Canada.

Mike Lowery loves to draw stuff. Art was his favorite activity in kindergarten, and he has grown up to create illustrations for everything from children's books, magazines and greeting cards to T-shirts and wallpaper. His work can also be seen in galleries around the world. Mike lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is a Professor of Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta.

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  • Posted July 29, 2013

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    The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten by Maureen Fergus

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    The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten by Maureen Fergus is a cute tale about how much of an utter fail a mother's visit to her daughters kindergarten class is. We may have been through kindergarten ourselves when we were young, but it's a much different, much tinier world with rules and ways of doing things that we have forgotten as adults. Very cute.

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