Wednesday, July 18, 2007

A New Back to School Book

It is time for Back to School books. A friend of mine who is a Kindergarten teacher shared this new one with me today---CORNELIUS P. MUD, ARE YOU READY FOR SCHOOL? by Barney Saltzberg. It is definitely a great one for young children getting ready to go off to school.

Cornelius is getting ready for school and the text follows a semi-predictable pattern asking Cornelius whether he has done what he needs to do get ready for school. "Did you eat breakfast?" "Yes!" and so on. But there is something very important that they forget which makes for quite a cute ending.

The illustrations are colorful and happy--the colors remind me a bit of NO, DAVID! by David Shannon. Cornelius is an adorable pig character who is quite lovable. The font of the text is big and basic for new readers and yet fun to give a happy tone to the book. A great choice to read aloud to help with the transition for school and a perfect read for beginning readers.

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