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THE NIGHT BEFORE KINDERGARTEN

Author: Natasha Wing

Illustrator: Julie Durrell

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Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap,

Material: paperback

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.

Cons: None.

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.

If You Liked This Book, Try: TOMORROW IS THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL   MOLLY McSHOLLY CONQUERS KINDERGARTEN   FROGGY GOES TO SCHOOL

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, school

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2007

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