The lessons begin even before Johnny's elephant friend Pete gets to school. First, there's the reader-participation gimmick designed to teach safety in getting there, whereby ""every time you come to a red light please stop and answer the question"" -- like ""What is your name?"" or ""When is your birthday?"" Then there is your introduction to Pete who teaches by example how to go to bed early, wash carefully and brush your teeth, and prefer ""apples, which will make your cheeks red"" to ""candy, which is bad for your teeth."" Then when Pete's birthday present/school supplies are unwrapped you must ""listen carefully and point to each thing I mention,"" and before the day is over you're faced with docks for telling time, a hidden picture, a column of addition sums, and a lunchtime lesson in nutrition. In Random House primary colors, an unintentionally grim preview of the programmed inanities of primary education.