Firstgarten is about a little boy named Michael, who loved his kindergarten class so much that when it was time for him to go to first grade, he didn't want to go. Michael was overcome with so much fear about going to first grade, that he decides to come up with a plan to attend both grades at the same time! As Michael enters his first-grade classroom, he looks for the little round tables he once had in his kindergarten class, but all he sees are desks that look larger than life. This is not what Michael expected. Michael puts his elaborate plan into action on the first day of school. Will it work?
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About the Author
Carliss Maddox is a Maryland-based author and poet. She is the author of three children’s books and one novel. Her stories are inspired by personal experiences as an educator and life in general. Her writings are known for being humorous and captivating leaving unwary readers in suspense. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She is an avid reader, visual writer, lover of the fine arts, and anything remotely creative. She holds an M.A. degree in Education. Carliss is an early childhood teacher and lives in Maryland.
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Firstgarten is a children’s picture book written by Carliss Maddox and illustrated by Steve Feldman. The first day of school had finally arrived, but Michael was not at all happy about being a first grader. He had loved kindergarten and thought it would be much better if he could continue going to kindergarten instead of first grade. His mother tried to explain that he was ready to take the next step in his education, which was being a first grader, but Michael was not at all convinced. What about being in Firstgarten? he wondered. Why can’t I do both? Michael’s mom was getting a bit impatient with her son. She just didn’t understand what his problem was. But Michael, you see, loved his kindergarten teacher, Ms. Smith, and he loved the things they did in kindergarten, like painting, dancing, drawing and singing. How could first grade be anywhere near as much fun as that? When his mom brought him to his first grade class, his new teacher, Ms. Green, bent down to give him a hug, but Michael was more concerned about where he was. Was this firstgarten? Where are the tables? Where are the paints and art supplies? Michael wasn’t at all pleased with sitting at his own desk with the other first graders, and any time he had the opportunity to rejoin Ms. Smith’s kindergarten class, he made sure to join them. Carliss Maddox’s children’s picture book, Firstgarten, is a charming and humorous tale about a little boy who loved kindergarten. Even the most confident kid facing the first day of first grade probably shares some of Michael’s fears and concerns over the new experience of being a first grader. Maddox’s story is an excellent way to approach the subject of both kindergarten and first grade, and Steve Feldman’s illustrations work perfectly with the plot. Each panel shows Michael as he is alternately with his first grade class and with Ms. Smith’s kindergartners. By the conclusion of the story, both Michael and young readers will be reassured that first grade will be just as much fun as kindergarten was, in fact, it might even be better. Firstgarten is a grand selection for story time and it’s most highly recommended.