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Countdown to Kindergarten Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): McGhee, Alison, Bliss, Harry (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 015205586X     ISBN-13: 9780152055868
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: January 2006

Annotation: Just days before she starts kindergarten, a little girl wonders what to do about the number-one rule told to her by a first grader--"you can't ask anyone for help"--if she indeed needs help. This gentle story is ideal for both children and their parents with first-day jitters. Full color.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Fear; Fiction.
Kindergarten; Fiction.
First day of school; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | New Experience
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Emotions & Feelings
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2006003936
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.00" H x 8.50" W x 0.25" (0.27 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 78817
Reading Level: 2.2   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
It's just ten days before kindergarten, and this little girl has heard all there is to know--from a "first grader"--about what it's going to be like. You can't bring your cat, you can't bring a stuffed animal, and the number one rule? You can't ask anyone for help. "Ever," So what do you do when your shoes come untied--and you're the only one in the class who doesn't know how to tie them up again?

Contributor Bio(s):
ALISON McGHEE is the author of the novels Shadow Baby and Rainlight, which was awarded the Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award and the Minnesota Book Award. Countdown to Kindergarten is her first book for children. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

HARRY BLISS is a regular cartoonist for The New Yorker, and the illustrator of A Fine, Fine School and Which Would You Rather Be? He lives in Vermont.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2003 Spring)
A girl approaches kindergarten with trepidation because she can't tie her own shoes (she has heard that knowing how is Rule #1). She spends ten days alternately hiding her shoelaces and practicing ""loop, pull around, poke, and pull."" The girl's true-to-childhood obsession is humorously played out in bold, cartoonlike illustrations; thought and dialogue balloons effectively augment the first-person narration. Copyright 2003 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2006 July #4)
"This witty children's book combines a puckishly structured counting book with an amiable exploration of new-school anxiety, " according to PW. Ages 3-7. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2002 July #2)
Ten days before kindergarten starts, a dark-haired girl wakes up in a panic. "I've heard from a first grader that they have a lot of rules there," she confides, locking eyes with the audience. "You have to know how to tie your shoes. By yourself." Days nine, eight, seven and so on bring various shoelace disasters. The girl tangles the laces around her cat by accident; she drenches them with syrup on purpose. At dinner, her father jokes, "How's your bowl of shoelaces I mean spaghetti?" If all the girl's fears are for naught, at least they provide her with a conversation opener: at kindergarten, she commiserates with one, then two, then three new friends who can't tie their shoes either. In this witty children's debut, novelist McGhee (Rainlight) combines a puckishly structured counting book like Peggy Rathmann's Ten Minutes Till Bedtime with an amiable exploration of new-school anxiety. Bliss (Which Would You Rather Be?) makes skillful use of voice bubbles and cartoon gestures, surrounding the narrator with a teddy bear, a rag doll and a sympathetic, precocious tabby that recalls the bookish dog he created for A Fine, Fine School. Subtle details surface with every rereading. Ages 3-7. (Aug.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2002 September)
PreS-K-Through the grapevine, an about-to-be kindergartner learns that there are lots of rules at school. Rules #3 and #2 prevent students from bringing stuffed animals or their cats to class. Rule #1 is a bit more serious. "You have to know how to tie your shoes. By yourself. You're not allowed to ask for help. Ever." Even a child who can count backward from 10 or feed her cat by herself can feel inadequate. As the 10 days before school wind down, she worries that she will be labeled "Velcro Girl" and finds endless ways to cover the gap in her skills through the destruction of her shoes and/or laces. Bliss presents the heroine with large-eyed innocence and humorous details. The pace varies nicely with changes in font size, full- and partial-page illustrations, speech balloons, and a daily countdown toward the big day. A strong dose of adult patience and a bit of peer support round out this youngster's first educational challenge.-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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