Joan Goodman Bernard Goes to School

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Bernard Goes to School

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It is Bernard's first day in preschool. Mama, Papa, and Grandma show him the toys and blocks and paints. Bernard isn't interested in preschool. "Time to go home!" he says. But preschool seems like a lot of fun to Bernard's family. Papa is building with the blocks. Mama is painting pictures. And Grandma is having a tea party with the dollies. Standing alone in the middle of the room is Bernard, whose heart is set on going home--until he makes a friend. This bright and happy book from Joan Elizabeth Goodman and Dominic Catalano is perfect for young children with mixed feelings about preschool. They will identify with Bernard, who discovers that preschool is really a wonderful place, especially when you make new friends.

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About the Author:

Joan Elizabeth Goodman, author of Bernard's Bath and Bernard's Nap, has created numerous works for children, including picture books and novels. She's the author of The Winter Hare and Hope's Crossing. Ms. Goodman lives in New York City.

Dominic Catalano, illustrator of Bernard's Bath and Bernard's Nap, is also the illustrator of Merry Christmas, Old Armadillo by Larry Dane Brimner. He also wrote Santa and the Three Bears, and created a retelling of Frog Went A-Courting, all published by Boyds Mills Press. Mr. Catalano lives in Oswego, New York.

From School Library Journal:

reS-Once again, the recalcitrant elephant from Bernard's Bath (Boyds Mills, 2000) faces what he considers an unpleasant situation: starting nursery school. His adoring parents and grandmother accompany him on the first day and soon become enthralled with blocks, paints, and doll tea parties. Bernard stands alone, demanding to go home. The understanding teacher suggests he might like to feed the fish. He agrees unenthusiastically but soon becomes involved, especially after a girl comes to help name the creatures. Shortly thereafter, Bernard again says that it's time to go home, but this time he means that he's ready for his family to leave. The anthropomorphic elephants, the females distinguished by jeweled headbands, are depicted in fantastic colors of purple, orange, green, gold, and teal. In varied perspectives, the pictures flow vigorously across one and a half pages and incorporate the large, well-spaced type. With a lively, conversational text, humor, a simple plot, and a positive resolution, the book reassuringly addresses the common problem of adjustment to preschool.

Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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