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PreS-K. With plenty of kindergarten books now available, selectors can be choosy. They'll want this book as well as Virginia Kroll's On the Way to Kindergarten, reviewed on p.103, about the first day of school. Taken together, the books form an arch over the school year. Slate continues in the same pattern as his previous seven Miss Bindergarten books, fashioning an alphabet around school activities and repeating refrains as the beloved canine teacher celebrates the last day of kindergarten by pawing through the lost-and-found box, playing in the sprinkler with her animal students, and handing out certificates. Humorous details in the illustrations, such as Miss B's plaid shoes and an owl wearing Groucho Marx glasses and moustache, add to the fun. Subtle touches, including a lion student in a wheelchair, are also a plus. Julie Cummins
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Joseph Slate, a native West Virginian, has always loved to paint and write. Mr. Slate is professor of art emeritus at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he taught for 30 years. He now lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife, Patty. A Marine Air Corps veteran, he and his wife have set foot on all seven continents and traveled in 39 countries. They have lived in both Japan and Italy. Ashley Wolff is the author and/or illustrator of over 55 children's picture books including I Love My Mommy Because and I Love My Daddy Because, Stella and Roy Go Camping, Me Baby, You Baby, The Wild Little Horse, Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?, I Call My Grandma Nana and the beloved Miss Bindergarten Series. Her books have won numerous state and national awards.
PreS-K-It's the end of the school year and there's still a lot to do. Everyone pitches in to clean-pack up dinosaurs in one box, blocks in another-and clear out the shelves. Franny finds three smelly socks. Then there's the farewell party with sprinkler fun and pizza. The students paint rainbows on take-home bags, certificates and awards are given, and there's a final good-bye treat of a penny and a chocolate kiss, "The penny for success to come, the Kiss that you'll be missed." The rhyming text alternates between what individual students are doing and a summary statement that is the same as the book's title. Each of the 26 animal students has a name that starts with the same letter so that the book doubles as an alphabet book. Adam is an alligator, Ian's an iguana, Zachary's a zebra, etc. As with other titles in the series, this is a bright and lively book. While there are a few tears shared on this last day, the focus is on the cooperative good cheer of this tightly knit class. This title is sure to become an end-of-year favorite.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.