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Author: Gayle Hardgrave

Illustrator: Christina Cartwright

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Publisher: AuthorHouse, 2009

Material: paperback

Summary: Daniel is getting ready for his first day at preschool. He is a little worried about what to expect, but his mother comforts him and, once in the classroom, he realizes how much fun it will be to be at preschool. There are toys and friends and lots of things to learn. This picture book uses 3-D computer graphics to introduce preschool and some basic Spanish words.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, developing reader

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 7

Reading Level: 2.4

Age of Child: Read with boys 3 and 5 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: My sons liked reading this book and we read it several times.

Adult Reader Reaction: I wasn't surprised that the boys liked the book. However, I did not like it. While you can tell that the graphics were well-designed, they were rendered HORRIBLY for print, to the point where the shadows made them look quite scary (to me). Almost like from a horror film.

Pros: A great story and text for introducing the wary child to what a classroom is like, so they know more of what to expect.

Cons: These graphics are really a turnoff.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a helpful book in introducing the concept of school. My son did not seem to be as affected by the shadows on the faces of the characters, but ended up actually liking the discussion of going to preschool. This isn't the strongest book I've read, though.


Educational Themes: This is a good choice for talking about school. You can use the pictures to point out things in a classroom. There are also basic Spanish words that kids can learn.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, school, emotions, bilingual, Spanish

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2010

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