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A PLACE CALLED KINDERGARTEN by Jessica Harper

A PLACE CALLED KINDERGARTEN

by Jessica Harper & illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Age Range: 3 - 8

Pub Date: July 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-399-24226-0
Publisher: Putnam

A perennial topic gets a new perspective in Harper’s latest. The animals in the barn are all aflutter when Tommy fails to come for his morning visit. When the Dog tells them Tommy has gone to a place called Kindergarten, their worried questions reflect the fears of all those left behind at the start of school. “Where is Kindergarten? What does it look like? What will happen to Tommy there? Will he ever come back?” Their actions that day will also be familiar to younger siblings—and anxious Moms—watching out the window, pacing and listening for that special footstep. Reassurance comes that afternoon with Tommy’s visit. As he teaches them what he has learned, the animals see that Kindergarten is a great place—for them, too. There is a country feel to the muted tones of Karas’s illustrations. The animals’ facial expressions and body language will evoke empathy in listeners, while their translated questions will produce laughter. A must for those awaiting the return of their own kindergartener. (Picture book. 3-8)