Countdown to Kindergarten

Countdown to Kindergarten

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It's just ten days before kindergarten, and this little girl has heard all there is to know--from a first grader--about what it's going to be like. You can't bring your cat, you can't bring a stuffed animal, and the number one rule? You can't ask anyone for help. Ever. So what do you do when your shoes come untied, if you're the only one in the class who doesn't know how to tie them up again?
Told with gentle humor by Alison McGhee and brought to exuberant life by New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss, this lighthearted take on pre-kindergarten anxiety will bring a smile to the face of every child--and parent--having first-day jitters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152055868
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 07/01/2006
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 72,642
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

ALISON McGHEE is the author of the novels Shadow Baby and Rainlight, which was awarded the Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award and the Minnesota Book Award. Countdown to Kindergarten is her first book for children. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

HARRY BLISS is a regular cartoonist for The New Yorker, and the illustrator of A Fine, Fine School and Which Would You Rather Be? He lives in Vermont.

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Countdown to Kindergarten 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My four year old is on his way to kindergarten and he loves this book. He cracks up at the turn of every page. I would recommend this book to any child entering kindergarten.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a favorite amongst my preschoolers. I can't begin to tell you how many times this book is requested by my students. With a classroom of children who are facing the natural fears of the transition to Kindergarten, this book enlightens them and lets them know that they are not the only ones afraid.
ShellyCBuchanan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Preparing to go to Kindergarten can be a scary proposition, especially for the little girl in this story who is desperate to learn to tie her shoes before the first day of school, among other things. The author comically shows our young hero and her many worries, which of course all fall away shortly after she arrives in class on the first day. The cartoon illustrations underscore the exaggerated feelings and fearful fantasies the little girl has, ones other apprehensive preschoolers may share as well. This book is sure to encourage those that are worried and tickle those that aren't.
adge73 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A girl tries to overcome her anxiety over the fact that she can't tie her shoes after a first grader tells her that you must be able to tie your own shoes in Kindergarten. McGhee makes the most of a typical childhood situation, and Bliss's illustrations are they're typical wonderful.
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LouiseJH More than 1 year ago
I felt this book raised more fears about starting kindergarten than it did to reassure a child. Even for a four year old, the premise was somewhat ridiculous. What I found disturbing was the underlying theme throughout nine tenths of the book that not being able to perform a task, in this instance tying one's shoes, is punishable and that teachers will offer no help. I think the author's idea was to dispel the fears that children might have due to stories by older children about school but I felt it had the opposite effect for a child who may not have heard such tales.
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