Back to School Books (page 2)
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
Baloney (Henry P.)
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Jon Scieszka Illustrator: Lane Smith
Penguin Putnam Inc./Viking Children's Books, $15.99 (Hard Cover)
Our young green-faced alien, Henry P. Baloney, arrives late at school once too often. His teacher, Miss Bugscuffle, wants to know the reason why. Henry embarks on a creative excuse, and naturally as an alien, he continues to use "alien" words (for translations of them see Decoder at the back of the book). Overcome with admiration of his magnificent tall tale, Miss Bugscuffle asks Henry to write down his story.
Once Upon an Ordinary School Day
Ages: 5 - 8 yrs.
Author: Colin McNaughton Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $16.00 (Hard Cover)
The boy's breakfast is ordinary, his walk to school is ordinary, even his thoughts are ordinary. But when he goes to his classroom and sits down at his desk, his day begins to change - a new teacher, Mr. Gee, bursts into the classroom with an extraordinary idea that challenges all the children to use their imagination. Suddenly an ordinary day is turned topsy-turvy, and the boy is inspired in a way that will change him forever. Book Description
Miss Malarkey Won't Be In Today
Ages: 5 - 9 yrs.
Author: Judy Finchler Illustrator: Kevin O'Malley
Walker and Company, $15.95 (Hard Cover)
This antic tale about a conscientious elementary school teacher who must call in sick one morning when she awakes with a fever of 103.2. So upset is she about the possible substitutes the principal may call on that she worries herself well and dashes off to school, fever forgotten. This topsy turvy view of “substitutes” from the teacher’s perspective is sure to please young listener/viewers.
Smartypants (Pete in School)
Ages: 5 & Up
Author: Maira Kalman Illustrator: Maira Kalman
Penguin Putnam/G.P. Putnam's Sons, $15.99 (Hard Cover)
Having a dog in class is always a clue that it's going to be an interesting day, especially when the dog in question-and the one with all the answers-is the insatiable canine gourmand Pete. As Pete gets his fill of knowledge, he also serves as an impetus for learning rules are made to be broken and there is no end to learning. Book Description
Reprinted with the permission of the Parents' Choice Foundation. © Copyright 2012 Parents' Choice Foundation. All rights reserved.
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