The Resource My kindergarten, Rosemary Wells

My kindergarten, Rosemary Wells

Label
My kindergarten
Title
My kindergarten
Statement of responsibility
Rosemary Wells
Creator
Contributor
Honoree
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Through a month-by-month review of a year in kindergarten, Emily shares the stories of the many happy experiences she has at her school with her new classmates
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Illustration
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Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2004
Review
  • /*Starred Review*/ PreS-K. With Wells' signature blend of tenderness, realism, and fun, this large picture book packs in a wealth of information, story, and playful rhyme about the first year of school. Much more than the usual short, welcoming introduction to the classroom, this is a detailed overview of things to learn and exciting goings-on, both at school and at home. Emily, the small rabbit from the counting book Emily's First 100 Days of School (2000), describes how she and her animal classmates learn from their kind teacher. Each double-page spread introduces one subject--from time and measurement to words, music, patterns, and fascinating stuff about science, geography, and community. The class celebrates Columbus Day, Thanksgiving (everyone gives thanks for something), Christmas, and Kwanzaa (no Ramadan, though), and through the seasons the children reach out from their school on Cranberry Island, Maine, to places across the world. The pupils are reminiscent of Wells' beloved picture-book characters in their expressions and fusion of animal and human body language, and Wells has made room for individual differences (Roger the puppy doesn't want to widen his horizons) and for failure (Emily messes up in math, but she's thrilled when she overcomes her fear and recites a simple poem). So many uses for teachers; fun for children; and great for parent-child sharing. -- Hazel Rochman (BookList, 08-01-2004, p1949)
  • /* Starred Review */ PreS-Gr 1 –Emily and her classmates are back, and children follow them throughout their kindergarten year through charming vignettes and enchanting illustrations. Each oversized spread offers a learning experience, whether readers are singing number songs with Emily and Diane Duck, making Valentine cakes with Emily and her mother, or hearing about the voting process. " 'We vote,' says Grandpa, 'in order to try and make more good things than bad things happen in our world.'" Miss Cribbage inspires her students to learn about the world around them in innovative ways. For example, the class creates a "Museum of Things" where they put tiny treasures or waylaid pieces into boxes that they label as animal, vegetable, or mineral. The corresponding photographs of the items against a stark white background face humorous pictures of students dressed as an animal, mineral, or vegetable. The book is lighthearted and full of caring detail, warm expressions, and explosions of color. In addition to being about that wonderful first year of school, Kindergarten serves as a celebration of family and community, reminding readers that the school day extends far beyond the borders of the classroom walls. This is Wells at her best.–Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY --Lisa Gangemi Kropp (Reviewed August 1, 2004) (School Library Journal, vol 50, issue 8, p103)
  • /* Starred Review */ The plainspoken bunny heroine of Emily's First 100 Days of School describes a kindergarten year (separated in "chapters" designated by month) in Wells's informative and reassuring picture book, illustrated with her characteristic panels and spreads of well-dressed animal characters. With the other intrepid youngsters on Cranberry Island, Maine, Emily is entrusted to Miss Cribbage, who, as in the previous book, proves an ideal teacher. Reinforcing educational concepts, the spreads will probably also echo the real adventures of kindergartner readers, while giving preschoolers an exciting preview: families attend Back to School Night; students record the weather, learn how to measure, and even pull together in a community effort to support a local business. Miss Cribbage's classroom might inspire real-world teachers: in November, the class names a schoolyard tree and writes a poem: "Doris O'Maple loves winter/ Her branches are covered with ice./ They snap and they tap on the windowpane./ Like hundreds of scampering mice." Sharp readers who have pored over Emily's First 100 Days will deduce that Kindergarten is a prequel; however, they may also be puzzled, given that the two titles feature the same cast in what seems like the same classroom, but the locale is identified differently. Visually, the title is less cohesive than Days ; rendered in a range of media, the compositions vary in detail and characters can look inconsistent. All in all, however, the richness of the concepts and the vibrancy of the presentation make this a winner. Wells magnificently conveys how kindergarten feels intellectually: as if a whole world of important learning suddenly opened up. Ages 3-6. (July) --Staff (Reviewed June 28, 2004) (Publishers Weekly, vol 251, issue 26, p49)
  • Emily the gray bunny, star of Emily's First 100 Days of School (2000), returns as the main character of this month-by-month look at the kindergarten school year. Emily and her friends have the same understanding teacher, Miss Cribbage, so this volume appears to be a prequel to the previous Emily story. In this work, each spread covers a different aspect of life at school or home, including all sorts of basic information that kindergarten children might learn, from obvious lessons on letters, numbers, science, and music to more subtle wisdom, such as thinking globally (singing a peace song) and acting locally (buying jam from a local producer). All the familiar elements of the school day and school year are included, but the unflappable Miss Cribbage wins extra points as a wise teacher for also taking her students out into the world, to clean up the beach and visit their special friends at a retirement home. Wells continues to create appealing animal characters with endearing expressions, charming clothing, and irresistible personalities. She also shows great empathy toward the emotional lives of young children and respect for the transformative power of parents, teachers, and communities. (Picture book. 4-6) (Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2004)
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Wells, Rosemary
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[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.W46843
LC item number
My 2004
Literary form
fiction
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Target audience
juvenile
Label
My kindergarten, Rosemary Wells
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Control code
ocn964430119
Dimensions
27 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
90 pages
Isbn
9781415545911
Lccn
2004304384
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
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Other control number
9780786808335
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)964430119
Label
My kindergarten, Rosemary Wells
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn964430119
Dimensions
27 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
90 pages
Isbn
9781415545911
Lccn
2004304384
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780786808335
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)964430119

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