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I Love School!

I Love School!

by Philemon Sturges, Shari Halpern (Illustrator)

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What's your favorite part of the school day?

Come along to a warm, friendly world of reading and writing, singing and painting, and all-around fun that will make you want to yell, "I love school!"


What's your favorite part of the school day?

Come along to a warm, friendly world of reading and writing, singing and painting, and all-around fun that will make you want to yell, "I love school!"

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Completely free of uncertainty and negativity, these kids embrace every aspect of class, from painting to trading lunches and story time," noted PW. Ages 3-6. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The rhyming text depicts why nameless children love school. It is written in the first person, but I have never encountered a child who speaks in verse. All of the reasons, such as "I can hardly wait for lunch!" and " I love to build great big block walls," are certainly valid. However, the text is bland. A storyline is never developed. The rhyme merely describes a typical school day. For a much better example of a book about loving school is Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes. Halpern's simple, vivid illustrations should appeal to young children. Some interesting facts, along with chalk drawings, make up the end papers. They are the most engaging part of the book. 2004, HarperCollins, Ages 3 to 6.
—Sylvia Firth
School Library Journal
PreS-K-From the bus ride through a typical kindergarten day, Sturges's simple and serviceable rhymes describe the world children will discover when they begin school. Classroom activities include playtime, art, writing numbers and letters, recess, lunch, and storyhour. The book culminates with the highlight, "And what I like the most-/You guessed-/Is our teacher-/She's the best!" Halpern's diverse and appealing students are simply rendered in bright and clear colors. A good choice for family sharing as well as for every kindergarten teacher's first-day-of-school bag of tricks, this story will also appeal to those designing orientation programs.-Phyllis M. Simon, Bay Shore School District, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A soothing, bright-as-noon introduction to school that ought to help chase away any shim-shams that first-timers might be experiencing. From the start, Sturges delivers an upbeat note: "School, school, school, / I love school!" and keeps it going strong throughout the simple, rhymed text: "With all my friends I laugh and sing. / I talk about most everything." Halpern's artwork is as simple and primary as the verse, with kids going through their day of drawing and the alphabet, lunch, and recess. They celebrate their teacher and their good fortune at having such a neat place to go each day. Some readers will complain that this is a classic piece of avoidance, but its sunny disposition can't help making school look fun. (Picture book. 3-5)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Philemon Sturges was an architect and the author of several books for children, including I Love Trains!, I Love Trucks!, I Love Planes!, I Love School!, and I Love Bugs!

Shari Halpern has illustrated a number of books for children, including Hush, Little Baby and all five previous books in the I Love series. She lives in South Orange, New Jersey, with her husband and three children.

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