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Carlson brings her vibrant brand of encouragement to bear on the first day of kindergarten. Henry, a mouse, is rip-roaring ready to attend school; his mother has to restrain him from racing out the door before he has washed and brushed, had breakfast, and loaded his backpack. As he and his mother walk to school, Henry bubbles over with questions and guesses about the day’s activities. When they arrive, however, Henry has a typical change of heart: “I want to go home.” With some heartening words from his teacher, Henry goes forth and engages the forces of trepidation and change, not as a superhero, but as one of the meek who knows he has to get on with it. Carlson’s hero is just goofy enough to make her message suspicious; she could be telling readers that if he can do it, so can they. This book will make them relish the chance. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: June 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-670-88378-6

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 1999

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This entry in the Toddler Story Book series centers on a common desire: the wish to be the center of attention. Katy introduces a small white kitten named Arthur into a play group of other animals, one of whom is Charlie, a large, orange cat who can ride a scooter. Katy counsels the animals that Arthur is new and needs some friends. All but Charlie rush to welcome the newcomer, leaving the orange cat to wonder how he can turn the tables. He stoops to show-off ploys and refuses invitations to join the others. Katy, by making Charlie feel special, negotiates a way for everyone to play together. Casting a toddler as the adult provides a role model in socialization and leadership for little ones; sturdy pages make the book easy to handle and attractive to its intended audience. (Picture book. 1-4)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-7894-4840-8

Page Count: 24

Publisher: DK Publishing

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 1999

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