Back to School Books
Going back to school can be both exciting and daunting for children of all ages - and even dogs, aliens, and aardvarks. With the help of a few endearing characters starring in these first "class" romps, the coming school days are sure to be filled with learning and a healthy dose of laughter.
Oh My Baby, Little One
Ages: 2 - 4 yrs.
Author: Kathi Appelt Illustrator: Jane Dyer
Harcourt Brace & Company, $16.00 (Hard Cover)
With more and more mothers returning to work, and more and more small children entering daycare at a tender age, this lilting rhymed text accompanied by warm-hearted, accomplished watercolor illustrations will comfort both adult readers and youngest listeners. A mother bird is leaving her fledging at nursery school, but she assures him, in verse upon verse, that “…even when I’m far away / this love I have will stay / and wrap itself around you / every minute of the day.”
How I Spent My Summer Vacation
Ages: 3 - 7 yrs.
By: Mark Teague
Random House Children's Books/ Yearling, $6.99 (Paperback)
This endearing romp with an appealingly old-fashioned young hero quickly dispels any comparisons to that drearily familiar back-to-school exercise we all know so well. Teague's compelling pictures, just a tad surreal in quality, entice us to join small Wallace Bleff on his train trip Westward "to visit Aunt Fern in her house on the plains." That this abode bears a startling resemblance to Aunt Em's pad in The Wizard of Oz just adds to the homey atmosphere of the tale.
The Awful Aardvarks Go To School
Ages: 3 - 8 yrs.
Author: Reeve Lindbergh Illustrator: Tracey Campbell Pearson
Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers/Puffin Books, $5.99 (Paperback)
When a pack of awful aardvarks go to school, the results are delightfully disastrous. They anger the anteater and flick fleas at Freddie Frog as they storm their way through the classroom and through the alphabet. The hilarious illustrations are the perfect match for the non-stop humor of the rhymes in this fun-filled alphabet book. Book Description
Reprinted with the permission of the Parents' Choice Foundation. © Copyright 2012 Parents' Choice Foundation. All rights reserved.
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