This School Year Will Be the BEST!

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On the first day of school, new classmates are asked to share what they would most like to happen in the upcoming year. Some kids? hopes are familiar while others are off-the-wall. Whether it?s looking good on picture day or skateboarding at school, everyone?s wishes are shown in humorously exaggerated illustrations. As the first day draws to a close, there can be no doubt?this school year will definitely be the best!
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Overview


On the first day of school, new classmates are asked to share what they would most like to happen in the upcoming year. Some kids? hopes are familiar while others are off-the-wall. Whether it?s looking good on picture day or skateboarding at school, everyone?s wishes are shown in humorously exaggerated illustrations. As the first day draws to a close, there can be no doubt?this school year will definitely be the best!
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Publishers Weekly
On the first day of school, every student shares a wish for the upcoming year. Some wishes are quotidian (“I’ll look good in my school picture”; “I won’t lose things in my desk”) while others are more whimsical: “The principal will do something crazy!” “We’ll have a chocolate fountain at lunch!” There’s no plot to speak of, but Andriani’s paintings lend humor and heart to even the most mundane wishes, helping elevate this from just a catalogue of hopeful sentiments. Ages 4-8. (July)
Booklist
A good discussion starter for the beginning of the school year
Children's Literature - Paula Rohrlick
On the first day of school, a teacher asks her young students what their hopes are for the year, and each one shares a wish. Their ambitions are depicted in humorous, cartoon-like illustrations, and they vary from wanting to get the best seat on the bus (a throne-like armchair is shown), to having a chocolate fountain at school, to taking a field trip someplace "really cool" (children are shown floating in an anti-gravity chamber). Some are rather wistful, like wanting to be tall when the nurse does the measuring, not being a vegetable in the school play, or kicking the soccer ball into the right goal, and some are easy for everyone to relate to: remembering homework, making friends. The teacher's wish, of course, is to get to know each student. This read-aloud would make a good first-day-of-school icebreaker, to get preschoolers or kindergarteners talking about their expectations, as well as a way for parents to start discussing the upcoming school year with young children. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick
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"A good discussion starter for the beginning of the school year."--Booklist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525422754
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/8/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 485,226
  • Lexile: 440L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Kay Winters lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Renée Andriani was born in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She now lives in Leawood, Kansas.

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