The latest in the Mouse Math series both gets readers ready for the routines of school and hammers home the days of the week.
Albert is extremely excited about his first day of school. He is especially looking forward to paw painting, playing the piano, and feeding the class pet, all of which he’s heard about from his older sister, Wanda. So getting used to a fixed routine, when special activities take place on different days, is rather tough for him; Tuesday is art day, not Monday, and though he enjoys seeing a story told with puppets at library time, he still wants to paint. He gets to paint on Tuesday, but he can’t feed the fish whenever he wants—he has to wait for his turn, which is on Wednesday. And so it goes through the week, Albert always wishing he could do things whenever he wants to, as at home, but learning that school is different. But by Friday, Albert is showing a new student the ropes. Melmon’s bright, cheery cartoons are a nice introduction to the sights and activities of school, and almost every spread includes some visual display of the days of the week. Two pages of “Fun Activities” in the backmatter give adults ideas on how to extend the learning.
Change is hard, but for those learning to be patient, Albert is a good guide. (Picture book. 3-6)