It's Time for Preschool!  -     By: Esme Raji Codell
    Illustrated By: Sue Rama
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It's Time for Preschool!

Illustrated By: Sue Rama
HarperCollins / 2012 / Hardcover

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 40
Vendor: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 10.00 X 9.00 X 0.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0061455180
ISBN-13: 9780061455186
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Ages: 2-5

Publisher's Description

Hooray!
It's time to go to preschool.
And that means it's time for . . .
Having fun
Making friends
Learning about the world
Sharing with others
Using your manners
Playing games
Running, jumping, and swinging
Imagining and creating
Snacks and naps
Drop-off and pick-up
More, more, more!

Esmé Raji Codell and Sue Ramá introduce very young children—and their parents and caregivers—to the world of preschool in this cheerful and welcoming book that is guaranteed to make the first day (and every day) a bit less scary and a lot more fun!

Author Bio

Esmé Raji Codell is a teacher and librarian and the author of many award-winning books for children. Even though she has already graduated from preschool, she still loves puppets, sharing, friends, snacks, and the occasional dinosaur. She lives with her family in Chicago, Illinois. You can find more story-time fun and support for your child's precious preschool years at her website.

Sue Ramá has illustrated many award-winning books for children, including Subway Ride, by Heather Lynn Miller, and Yum! Yuck! A Foldout Book of People Sounds, by Linda Sue Park and Julia Durango. She first started illustrating stories while riding to her preschool with her older sister and has been hooked on it ever since. The artist lives in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Publisher's Weekly

Seldom has the question “What will preschool be like?” been answered in such detail. Codell (The Basket Ball) and Ramá (Daddy Adventure Day) divvy up the answer into 13 areas, including expected behavioral topics (manners, sharing, cleanup) and beautifully empathetic sections on homesickness (“Thinking-about-Home Time”) and getting picked up (“Never never never/ In a thousand million years/ Would Mom or Dad not pick you up,/ So let that ease your fears”). There’s even a spread devoted to fire drills (“How exciting! How noisy! We are safe and sound”). Ramá uses warm, saturated hues and textures to depict a world fully equipped for all kinds of fun (even naptime is seen as an opportunity for dreaming) and chock-full of bright-eyed potential friends. But her pictures take a backseat to Codell’s calm and lengthy explication of the preschool experience (she devotes four pages to Circle Time and four stanzas to musing on what parents may be doing while their child is in school). Whether this no-stone-unturned approach tamps down preschool jitters or feels like TMI will depend largely on the temperament of the reader. Ages 2–5. (July)2012 Reed Business Information

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