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READY, SET, PRESCHOOL! by Anna Jane Hays


by Anna Jane Hays & illustrated by Y Kelley

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: July 12th, 2005
ISBN: 0-375-82519-3
Publisher: Knopf

Former Sesame Street editor-in-chief Hays offers a comprehensive resource for fledgling preschoolers and their anxious parents. Starting with the basics and progressing to behavioral expectations and socialization issues, she covers preschool from beginning to end. She even uses the end papers to maximum potential, where Kelley’s lively illustrations depict the alphabet, numbers and colors. From mastery of one’s first name to mastery of the potty, here’s a wealth of preschool readiness skills to observe, model and achieve. There’s first-day-of-school separation anxiety and the new-kid-in-school blues, along with barnyard animals, shape recognition and other favorites. Rather than tackling it in a single-sitting read-aloud session, parents should best use this in small segments. Kelley’s colorful, detailed illustrations lend plenty of opportunities for reader interaction; vibrant, full-color spreads with engaging children enjoying a variety of activities will draw readers in. Includes a parent’s education guide. (Picture book. 3-6)