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IS YOUR BUFFALO READY FOR KINDERGARTEN?

Author: Audrey Vernick

Illustrator: Daniel Jennewain

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: A Buffalo is getting ready to go to people kindergarten, but is he ready? He's stinky, hairy, and bigger than all the other kids, and he's worried about the fact that he doesn't know how to use scissors. Can he make it? Will he fit in? This is a hilarious book about fitting in, and prepares your child for some things to expect from kindergarten. And, hopefully, if you can laugh at this sweet buffalo, you can maybe laugh a bit at yourself, and relax about the pending adventure! This is a humorous look at starting school.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 2.5

Age of Child: Read with children ages 3 and 5.

Young Reader Reaction: My 3 year old LOVED this book, and my 5 year old, having started kindergarten 2 weeks prior, LOVED LOVED LOVED this book because it was about HIS new adventures! This is a fantastic story for any age, but even more-so if your child is preparing for kindergarten.

Adult Reader Reaction: I loved this book. I fell in love with this teddy-bear of a buffalo. I felt empathetic to his anxiety, and warmth to his struggle. I love the fun in the lesson as well as the lesson itself.

Pros: You'll find a fun story, fun pictures, great lesson, and a book that's just the right length for your soon-to-be Kindergartner.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. HIGHLY recommended for a child entering kindergarten, whether or not they have anxiety about it. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful book. Buy it as a gift or check it out and renew it over and over from the library.

If You Liked This Book, Try: MOLLY McSHOLLY CONQUERS KINDERGARTEN   LET'S GET READY FOR FIRST GRADE!   MARLEY GOES TO SCHOOL

Educational Themes: This will help your child answer all his or her questions. All I ever need to know I learned in kindergarten -- and this book tells you what those things are...

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 -

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2011

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