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READING TOGETHER

A HEARTWARMING STORY ABOUT BONDING WITH YOUR CHILD THROUGH THE LOVE OF READING

A sweet story that traces the birth of a new reader.

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In Broder’s picture book, two parents chart their child’s life through the lens of their love of books.

Two parents with a shared passion for reading narrate the early years of their child’s life, marking both developmental landmarks (like sitting up and eating solid food) and book-related milestones, such as graduating from a “Baby’s First Alphabet” primer to a book about trains, or one with flaps the baby has learned how to open. Everyone in the family is involved at storytime—even the pets—and as the child grows, the stories become like other members of their household. “We read these books over and over so many times, and we loved them so much … / … that the pages needed mending with tape.” The child grows up, eventually becoming an independent reader with proud parents. This sentimental picture book may best serve parents looking to prepare their young children for a future as readers or to present their older children with a gift that commemorates their relationship. Larson’s cozy illustrations evoke the chaos of a small family doing their best every day and the ways in which a story can transcend a book’s pages to color the surrounding world for its readers.

A sweet story that traces the birth of a new reader.

Pub Date: April 2, 2024

ISBN: 9781950968923

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Blue Star Press

Review Posted Online: Jan. 29, 2024

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ON THE FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN

While this is a fairly bland treatment compared to Deborah Lee Rose and Carey Armstrong-Ellis’ The Twelve Days of...

Rabe follows a young girl through her first 12 days of kindergarten in this book based on the familiar Christmas carol.

The typical firsts of school are here: riding the bus, making friends, sliding on the playground slide, counting, sorting shapes, laughing at lunch, painting, singing, reading, running, jumping rope, and going on a field trip. While the days are given ordinal numbers, the song skips the cardinal numbers in the verses, and the rhythm is sometimes off: “On the second day of kindergarten / I thought it was so cool / making lots of friends / and riding the bus to my school!” The narrator is a white brunette who wears either a tunic or a dress each day, making her pretty easy to differentiate from her classmates, a nice mix in terms of race; two students even sport glasses. The children in the ink, paint, and collage digital spreads show a variety of emotions, but most are happy to be at school, and the surroundings will be familiar to those who have made an orientation visit to their own schools.

While this is a fairly bland treatment compared to Deborah Lee Rose and Carey Armstrong-Ellis’ The Twelve Days of Kindergarten (2003), it basically gets the job done. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: June 21, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-06-234834-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 3, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2016

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BECAUSE I HAD A TEACHER

A sweet, soft conversation starter and a charming gift.

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A paean to teachers and their surrogates everywhere.

This gentle ode to a teacher’s skill at inspiring, encouraging, and being a role model is spoken, presumably, from a child’s viewpoint. However, the voice could equally be that of an adult, because who can’t look back upon teachers or other early mentors who gave of themselves and offered their pupils so much? Indeed, some of the self-aware, self-assured expressions herein seem perhaps more realistic as uttered from one who’s already grown. Alternatively, readers won’t fail to note that this small book, illustrated with gentle soy-ink drawings and featuring an adult-child bear duo engaged in various sedentary and lively pursuits, could just as easily be about human parent- (or grandparent-) child pairs: some of the softly colored illustrations depict scenarios that are more likely to occur within a home and/or other family-oriented setting. Makes sense: aren’t parents and other close family members children’s first teachers? This duality suggests that the book might be best shared one-on-one between a nostalgic adult and a child who’s developed some self-confidence, having learned a thing or two from a parent, grandparent, older relative, or classroom instructor.

A sweet, soft conversation starter and a charming gift. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: March 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-943200-08-5

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Compendium

Review Posted Online: Dec. 13, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2017

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