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One day Sam decides he does not want to go to school. He comes up with the idea of sending his stuffed monkey in his place. As he dresses the monkey in his own school clothes, tells him how to behave, and describes kindergarten, Sam realizes how bored he'll be at home. Sam decides that htye will both go to school today. Whether it's first-day jitters or middle-of-term blahs, here's the perfect solution for children who don't want to go to school.
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Karl Ruhmann was born in the former Yugoslavia and now lives in Switzerland. His previous books for North-South include Who Will Go to School Today? Filbert Flies, and But I Want To!From Publishers Weekly:
Young Sam's answer to the title question is an emphatic "Not me" and he plots to send his stuffed monkey, Timbo, in his place. It won't be an easy ruse to pull off: "Oh, but your ears are much too big. And so are your feet. Mother will guess right away," the boy says. But the more pointers Sam gives Timbo on fitting in at school (how to choose from all the terrific activities, what to do at circle time, the pleasures of eating a snack, etc.) and the more Sam realizes just how humdrum life as a left-behind toy can be, the better school sounds. Ruhmann captures the eagerness and self-satisfied excitement of Sam's scheming, as well as the humor of his necessarily one-sided conversations with Timbo: "`What do you eat for your snack?' Sam asked his friend. `What? Nothing?' Sam sighed." But the somber palette of Monnier's full-bleed acrylic spreads, while elegantly composed and populated with happy children, give off a strangely muted energy. Her scenes between boy and toy are more convincing than the allegedly attractive school setting. Ages 3-6.
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Book Description North-South Books, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0735816220
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