Hi, new shoes. Howdy, cubbies. Hey there, crayon. Hello School!
This collection of 38 vivid poems brings the classroom to life and sets the scene for a first school experience. From the eager anticipation of the building itself: “Wakes up early. / Just can’t wait / to see who’s coming. / Don’t be late!” to the anxious pleas of the supplies: “Stick with me, / says Glue with a grin, / and I’ll stick with you . . . / through thick and thin,” Hello School! celebrates all things preschool. Letters, numbers, books, water fountains, carpet squares, swings, and slides all pop off the page and into a child’s imagination.
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Preschoolers who have been brought up on Blue's Clues books and TV programs already know that everyday inanimate objects sometimes come alive with a little imagination. All kids on the verge of starting the great adventure of education will enjoy this poetic celebration of school. Author Dee Lillegard (Wake Up House!, a perfect companion to Hello School!, also illustrated by Don Carter, and The Poombah of Badoombah) creates playful rhymes about the many small joys of a classroom: A window "shows us if it's sunny, / or if the weather's drippy-runny, / or if the clouds are acting funny." And paper: "What's he hiding? / What's he about? / He needs your hand / to draw him out." Glue, scissors, wastebaskets, tambourines, swings, numbers, easels, and the teacher's desk are similarly explored. Don Carter's 3-D pictures, made with foam board, plaster, and acrylic paints, almost jump out at the reader with their thick, appealing textures and tasty-looking colors. Preschoolers will be clamoring to go to school after reading this clever picture book. (Ages 3 to 6) --Emilie CoulterFrom the Back Cover:
“A fun read-aloud that gets kids excited about school and reading. You can almost smell the tempera paint and Elmer’s glue in the pages of this book of simple, snappy poems.”–The Grand Rapids Press
“What fun! These bold and energetic verses are admirably suited to kindergarten and nursery-school children. Carter’s three-dimensional pictures practically jump off
the pages, like the personified objects they represent, ready to get down on the floor and play with a crowd of busy little folks.”
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