In a series of adorable Level 1 Ready-to-Reads, award-winning author Patricia Lakin and the ever-talented Brian Floca tell the story of two hamsters who live in a classroom as pets. Mo, a hamster who likes to know things, and Max, a hamster who likes to make things, team up to bust out of their cage and explore their art class/home during holiday time.
In each story, these furry friends learn about a holiday and make a tie-in craft that readers learn to make too, thanks to Patty's simple instructions in the back of each book.
Max and Mo's First Day at School
It's back-to-school time for Max and Mo.
This year they are living in the art room.
Now they have to make new friends, but how
will these big ones learn their names?
About the Author
Patricia Lakin, a former elementary school teacher and an award-winning author, has written more than fifty published works. Her books, both fiction and nonfiction, span multiple age groups—from toddlers to middle graders. Patricia lives in New York City with her husband, Lee Koenigsberg. They have two grown sons, Aaron and Benjahmin. When not reading, writing, or researching, she can be found traveling with Lee to far-off places in the world.
Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of Locomotive, winner of the 2013 Caldecott Medal; Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; Lightship, also a Sibert Honor Book; and Racecar Alphabet, an ALA Notable Children’s Book. He has illustrated Avi’s Poppy Stories, Kate Messner’s Marty McGuire novels, and Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan’s Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, a Sibert Honor Book and winner of the Orbis Pictus Award. You can visit him online at BrianFloca.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Two hamsters learning = sparking learning in children!!! This book is a fantastic tool to get students excited about learning, especially if used as a first-day-of-school jumpstart! Max & Mo are precious examples of how fun creativity and imagination can be! If you are an early childhood educator, this book is a must-have to awaken those young minds, helping them tap into and discover a special interest of their own. This is also a great story to springboard children into reading and writing. It could even encourage students to think up similar stories; hence, encouraging writing. I can almost hear those little wheels turning inside of those brilliant young minds that teachers are so blessed to mold! I'm a writer and a reading teacher, and this title has earned a permanent place in my classroom. A very inspiring read, indeed!!