Sparky and Eddie: The First Day of School

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Playing together all summer long in their tree fort, best friends Sparky and Eddie wonder what will happen as the season draws to a close and they begin to prepare for school to start.

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Gr. 1^-2, younger for reading aloud. Best friends Sparky and Eddie look forward to starting school together. But when the inseparable buddies learn they'll be in different rooms, they decide not to attend school after all. After some gentle manipulation by their parents, Sparky and Eddie go to their classes, meet their terrific teachers, and decide they can be best friends even in different rooms. A simple recitation of the plot doesn't begin to convey the verbal richness and emotional rightness of this beginning reader. Johnston plays with repeated words and rhythmic phrases, as in this scene when the friends discuss how sad their teachers will be when they don't show up for school: "`They'll whimper,' said Sparky. `They'll whine,' Eddie said. `They'll blubber.' `They'll cry like rain.'" Ryan captures the joy and informality of Johnston's writing in her expressive watercolor paintings. Showing an all-too-rare sensitivity to the stances and gestures of children, she creates illustrations that draw readers right into the story. Not just for beginning readers, this book will also please and reassure children preparing to start school. Carolyn Phelan

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Kindergarten-Grade 3. These new best friends are a nice addition to the many series out there for beginning readers: Frog and Toad, Henry and Mudge, and George and Martha. Sparky and Eddie are next-door neighbors. One is tall, the other is short, one has freckles, one doesn't. One likes bugs, the other trees?but both are excited about starting school. Then they find out that they are going to be in different classrooms and decide not to go. After some persuasive arguments by their parents, they agree to give it a try. They like their teachers, who have cool things in their rooms (bugs and bonsai trees). Thus, they realize that they can stay the best of friends, even though they are in different classes. Johnston's text is ideal for beginning readers. The language is simple, and Sparky and Eddie's voices are real. Ryan's illustrations add life and movement to the characters. "Buddy books" are popular with beginning readers, as they are developing relationships with peers and starting school, and they'll no doubt wait eagerly for more adventures with this pair.?Dina Sherman, Brooklyn Children's Museum, NY
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