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Publisher: Greenwillow Books, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,
Material: hard cover
Summary: Pick a topic related to school, and you'll find a poem about it here. Whether you're in pre-K or high school, these cats have tales to tell about their day ... from math to history, from your backpack to lunch in the cafeteria. This is a collection of poems in a picture-book format.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book, remedial reader, reluctant reader
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12
Interest Level: 5 to 10
Reading Level: 4.6
Age of Child: Read with 5-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Although our kindergartner hasn't encountered all of the activities described in the poems, s/he is familiar enough with school and its paraphernalia (like backpacks) to enjoy the humor. S/He especially liked watching the animal students.
Adult Reader Reaction: What a fun read. There is plenty to enjoy (or reminisce) about being in school when we were young.
Pros: The poems are humorous and light, guaranteeing a smile if not a laugh with each one. The pictures are vibrant, too, making it a great sibling read when there are students of multiple ages at home.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a fun read all year 'round, but will be particularly memorable as a back-to-school classic.