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One Big Pair of Underwear

29 Sep

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One Big Pair of Underwear written by Laura Gehl and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld (2014)

Two bears hate to share, but find only one pair of underwear…one gets the underwear and one cries, ‘That isn’t fair!’ Three young yaks find two salty snacks…two get snacks and one cries, ‘Where’s my snack?’ Four silver seals find three sets of wheels… three get the wheels and one gets a really bad deal. ┬áThe pattern continues with more animals who hate to share, until finally twenty pigs find ten tall twisty slides. They all want to ride, so they share the slides by riding piggyback. Now all the other animals see how much fun sharing can be. Pretty soon everyone is sharing and laughing and playing together.

Laura Gehl and Tom Lichtenheld shared the making of this story beautifully! The rhyming text is paired with funny pictures to make a silly rhyming, counting, sharing picture book.

Counting and sharing, sharing and counting… This is a winner for everyone! No one gets left out and everyone has fun, who could ask for more?

Planet Kindergarten

30 Jun

18228483Planet Kindergarten written by Sue Ganz-Schmitt and illustrated by Shane Prigmore (2014)

The main character tells the story of his first day of kindergarten. It’s a strange and unusual place. He is prepared with his medical check-up and supplies. Then the day arrives, his father takes him in his rocket booster. The boy is afraid they might crash into a comet or get sucked into a black hole. When he arrives, he is assigned to his commander, capsule, and crew mates. There are many aliens from many different galaxies on Planet Kindergarten. Mission Control calls on the intercom welcoming them all on their journey. The boy notices that everyone has to get used to the new atmosphere where gravity works differently. At recess, he leaves the capsule with his crew mates to explore and test the situation. After a disagreement over the equipment he and another crew mate have to sit in isolation. Back in the capsule, they run experiments and write in their logs. At lunchtime, he learns that he loves space food! Afterwards, he has trouble with rest time and worries that he’s running out of oxygen. Then he remembers the NASA motto: Failure is not an option. He takes a deep breath and gets back to work. Before he knows it, his mission is complete and his parents rush to greet him. Back home on his own planet, it’s splashdown then time for bed. This time he’s ready and thinking about returning the next day.

Sue Ganz-Schmitt writes this story with imagination and just enough space jargon to keep little explorers involved and interested in the boy’s adventure in kindergarten.

Shane Prigmore’s illustrations are quirky and action packed. Readers will enjoy exploring each page for unusual details.

I think this book will be a great help in preparing little ones for kindergarten. Knowing ahead of time that the rules of gravity involve sitting in your seat and raising your hand or that time-out may be employed for misconduct on the playground, help astronauts-in-training understand what to expect in school. In a place where everything is new, readers will enjoy exploring each page.

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