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THIS SCHOOL YEAR WILL BE THE BEST! by Kay Winters

THIS SCHOOL YEAR WILL BE THE BEST!

By Kay Winters (Author) , Renée Andriani (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: July 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-525-42275-4
Publisher: Dutton

On the first day of school, this primary-grade teacher encourages her students to share their hopes for the coming year. In one- or two-page spreads, the wishes unfold: for the best seat on the bus, a chocolate fountain at lunch, to kick the ball into the right goal, not to be a vegetable in the school play. The quotidian-but-nevertheless-marvelous (“at least one snow day”) mixes with the slightly ridiculous (“We’ll have Skateboard Day”) to provide a kid-level survey of anticipated fun. Andriani’s line-and-watercolor cartoons likewise mix the fanciful (one little boy brings his giant purple boa constrictor for show-and-tell) and the realistic (two girls jump double Dutch as one of them imagines making friends in her new school). A catalog more than a story, this agreeable book could act as a fruitful springboard for class brainstorming. (Picture book. 4-7)