Zip, Zip...Homework

Zip, Zip...Homework

by Nancy Poydar
     
 

Beloved author Nancy Poydar takes a sympathetic look at learning to get organized in this buoyant picture book about homework. Ziiip! Riiip! Cliick!

Violet's new backpack is perfect. It has pockets that zip, snap, and strap. It's just what Violet needs to hold her very first homework assignment—or is it? An anxious student discovers that it's more

Overview

Beloved author Nancy Poydar takes a sympathetic look at learning to get organized in this buoyant picture book about homework. Ziiip! Riiip! Cliick!

Violet's new backpack is perfect. It has pockets that zip, snap, and strap. It's just what Violet needs to hold her very first homework assignment—or is it? An anxious student discovers that it's more important to tell the truth than to keep it zipped up in this timely tale.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

Poydar once again tells a school story with a recognizable predicament. Delighted with her jazzy new pack on wheels and thrilled that she can finally put it to good use, Violet accepts her first homework assignment as though it were an offering from on high. But after insisting that her entire household accommodate her need for quiet, she is horrified to discover that the homework sheet is not in any of the compartments of her zippy pack. She proceeds to tell her mother that her work has been completed, but this lie escalates into others the following day. The girl's teacher gently extricates her from the unmanageable situation and turns it into a teachable moment about the value of telling the truth. Poydar's charming illustrations are bright and upbeat, and the repetition of certain sounds-"zip," "snap," "stick," "click"-will make this a catchy read-aloud. For discussions about honesty, combine this story with Patricia C. McKissack's The Honest-to-Goodness Truth (S & S, 2000).-Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT

Kirkus Reviews
Violet has chosen a bright pink backpack on wheels with so many openings with zippers and snaps that she doesn't really know what to do with them all, and-uh-oh. Where is the homework assignment that she thought she had zipped into the backpack? The descriptions of Violet's sudden drop from excitement to panic to dread approaches the universal in their evocation of the inner confusion and misery that a small mistake can bring to a young child. Gently and realistically, the bright, eye-popping illustrations suggest that everyday ordinary life goes on despite Violet's drooping body language and worried expressions. Poydar expertly shows her understanding of children, the creative orderly school environment and a teacher (aptly named Ms. Patience) ready to help teach the importance of truth. "I kept the truth zipped up," says Violet. "But did you lose the truth?" asks Ms. Patience. "No," Violet replies. Great visual details-check out Ms. Patience's ankle tattoo and the subtle face incorporated into the backpack's many pockets-and pointed text make for a worthwhile read. (Picture book. 5-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823420902
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2008
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Nancy Poydar is a former elementary school teacher. Authors and illustrators that visited her classroom inspired her to become an author and illustrator herself. She draws her book ideas from her school experiences, her children, and her own childhood. Nancy lives with her family in Massachusetts.

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