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Morgan and Moffat Go to School (Barkers Series) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
     

Morgan and Moffat Go to School (Barkers Series) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Tomie dePaola
 

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Morgie and Moffie can't wait to start school! They buy backpacks and pencil boxes, and off they go. Moffie, who knows the answers to all of the teacher's questions, gets a lot of gold stars. And Morgie, who likes sharing his dinosaur book, makes two new friends. But by the end of the week Morgie and Moffie help each other to understand that it's important to both

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Morgie and Moffie can't wait to start school! They buy backpacks and pencil boxes, and off they go. Moffie, who knows the answers to all of the teacher's questions, gets a lot of gold stars. And Morgie, who likes sharing his dinosaur book, makes two new friends. But by the end of the week Morgie and Moffie help each other to understand that it's important to both get gold stars and make new friends. And they agree that they love school!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
We meet the charming, anthropomorphic Welsh terrier twins as they go to school for the first time. At first, Moffie is the bossy eager achiever, while Morgie is busy making friends, but both soon settle into the routine, ending by loving school. Simply told but filled with realistic school activities, this tale introduces a pair that readers will probably look forward to meeting again. The artist's style is unmistakably his own—heavy outlines, tints of color that stay within the lines, almost no perspective, lots of small scenes, only the most basic of contextual details. In these settings he loads emotions familiar to his audience, from impatience and jealousy to pride in accomplishments. 2001, G. P. Putnam's Sons, $13.99. Ages 3 to 6. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A heartwarming story about two dogs starting school. Moffie is smart, outspoken, and always has to be first. She knows her colors, can count to 10, and is first to answer all of the teacher's questions. She is proud of her gold stars while her twin brother, Morgie, is proud of making a new friend who also likes dinosaurs. After the teacher has a talk with Moffie about not giving other children a chance to answer, the little pup realizes she does not have any friends, a situation that comes to a satisfying conclusion. Genuinely expressive, lovable characters, depicted in warm tones on handmade watercolor paper, make this a great read-aloud to calm first-day, first-week, or even first-month-of-school jitters.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary, Huntsville, AL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The ageless dePaola casts two of his own Welsh terriers in this carefully constructed series kickoff. When Morgan and his type-A older twin sister, Moffat, start school, he proceeds to make friends by sharing his dinosaur book, but doesn't shine as a student, while she apple-polishes her way to a row of gold stars. The roles reverse at week's end when Morgan suggests that Moffat and rival, Sally, put up a block tower together, rather than compete with each other, and then goes on to earn a star of his own when the teacher asks if anyone can name some dinosaurs. Besides building his story around personality differences and conflict resolution, dePaola has enlisted a literacy consultant, evidently to ensure that his prose is accessible to beginning readers. Which it is—delivering modeled behavior in light, positive ways, and fleshing out his puppy protagonists with artfully presented differences and similarities, he has crafted a tale that all brand-new grade-schoolers will effortlessly absorb and enjoy. (Picture book. 5-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780613663670
Publisher:
Turtleback Books
Publication date:
07/01/2003
Series:
Barker Series
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Connecticut and New Hampshire
Date of Birth:
September 15, 1935
Place of Birth:
Meriden, CT
Website:
http://www.tomie.com/main.html

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