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Summary: There is a lot to do to get ready for Kindergarten, and lots of big feelings to (and not just the kids!). With the cadence of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas we have a story that explains it all. This rhyming picture book covers all of the things that are part of going to Kindergarten.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 6; read yourself: 5 to 8
Interest Level: 4 to 6
Reading Level: 3.7
Age of Child: Read with child nearly 6 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: Our child liked the story and recognized things that go into getting reading for school.
Adult Reader Reaction: We shared this book with our child the night before Kindergarten. Mom found it fun, soothing and reassuring. Dad thought it was silly. Our child was up and ready with a positive outlook that day, which couldn't be beat!
Pros: The rhyming story helps kids understand what Kindergarten is about, describes feelings (Mom and Dad's too, not just theirs), and gives them a fun way to put together the get-ready steps of the morning process.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This may not be a book that has a long shelf-life, but it is a fun read that will reassure children about school ... particularly those first couple days.