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Pre-K—With her signature starry headband and red boots and cape, Adventure Annie approaches her first day of kindergarten with gusto. In her enthusiasm, she proceeds to break the first two Kindergarten Gold Star Rules—"Respect our classroom and everything in it" and "Make good decisions"-by painting the classroom hamster cage and sneaking out to the jungle gym. She redeems herself, however, when she is asked to find two lost helpers. She keeps her teacher updated on her search with a walkie-talkie and using her inside voice (Gold Star Rule #3). Annie finally finds the missing youngsters with the principal and leads them back to class safely (avoiding the temptation of other adventures along the way), thus fulfilling the final Gold Star Rule: "Be kind and helpful to others." For her efforts, Annie receives the Gold Star Deputy badge for the day. Annie's good intentions, optimism, and curiosity make her a likable character and an excellent one to dispel fears for incoming kindergartners. Rendered in pencil and bright watercolors, the cheerful cartoon art, which occupies most of each page, will delight Annie's fans—Kim T. Ha, Elkridge Branch Library, MD
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Full of confidence, Adventure Annie wears her personal superhero costume as she heads off to kindergarten. Her action-oriented style occasionally clashes with the “Gold Star Rules” of classroom behavior, but when the teacher needs someone to find two lost classmates, he sends Annie to the rescue. A former teacher, Buzzeo creates a believable classroom setting for her small but bold heroine. Washed with bright, cheerful watercolors, the cartoon-style pencil drawings magnify the story’s humor and high spirits. A fine addition to the Adventure Annie series, this picture book offers a dynamic alternative to stories about shy kids with kindergarten jitters. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (May 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803733585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803733589
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #980,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Toni Buzzeo (1951- ), the acclaimed author of 20 picture books as well as 11 books for educators, was born in Dearborn, Michigan and grew up in the Dearborn Public Libraries, reading nearly every book in the children's and young adult sections of the Snow Branch library before taking a job downtown at the Main library as a Library Page and then a Library Assistant to put herself through college.

After earning a BA and MA in English from the University of Michigan, she worked for a decade as a college and high school English teacher. She then earned an MLIS from the University of Rhode Island and returned to libraries as a school librarian. She was named Maine Library Media Specialist of the Year in 1999 and continued to work as an elementary school librarian while she launched a successful writing career.

In 2013, Toni's New York Times best-selling book One Cool Friend, illustrated by David Small, won a Caldecott Honor. It also won the Maine Literary Award for Children's Books from the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance in the same year.

Since her first book, The Sea Chest, won a Maine Lupine Honor in 2003, Toni has received many other awards for her books, including a 2004-2005 Children's Gallery Award, also for The Sea Chest, and the 2012 Time of Wonder award for Lighthouse Christmas. Her books Dawdle Duckling, Little Loon and Papa, and One Cool Friend have been chosen by the Dolly Parton Imagination Library for international distribution to young children. Just Like My Papa, Stay Close to Mama, and Dawdle Duckling have all been Children's Book of the Month Club selections as well. Toni currently has four more picture books under contract.

Toni is a bit of a vagabond, writing in a charming writing cottage built by her husband on 35 acres of a colonial farm in Buxton, Maine, writing at the Cambridge Public Library near her grandbaby in Massachusetts, and slipping down to write in her sunny winter nest in Sarasota, Florida when the weather turns blustery at home.

A well-known speaker, Toni speaks extensively in schools as well as at conferences and district and regional professional development trainings, both nationally and internationally. Visit her website at www.tonibuzzeo.com.

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Format: Hardcover
Adventure Annie was just starting to" rise and shine" when her Mommy popped in her bedroom door to make sure she got up and prepared for her first day of kindergarten. She was full of questions as her Mommy put some Critter Fruit Snacks and some Circus Treat cookies in plastic bags to take to school. She wanted to know if she was going to have a "wild animal zoo adventure" or a "high-flying circus adventure." Mommy didn't think it was very likely, but she was sure that kindergarten would be an adventure itself.

Annie was all prepared for any adventure that came her way and to make sure she put everything from her zookeeper hat to her walkie-talkies in her backpack. When she arrived in Mr. Todd's kindergarten class she was surprised he didn't know who she was because as soon as she arrived she shouted, "Adventure Annie is here!" AND she had the letter A printed right on the front of her shirt. He wanted her to hang up her cape, but that was simply not going to happen. Mr. Todd explained the "Gold Star Rules" and told everyone that each day there was going to be a "Gold Star Deputy." Adventure Annie was determined to win the star, but did she have just a bit too much "adventure" in her to win the award?

Everyone is just going to fall in love with this darling, exuberant little kindergartner, Adventure Annie. This little hustling, bustling little girl will quickly bring to mind another little charmer named Ramona Quimby. She has a zest for life that will make the reader smile at her enthusiastic antics. She has no idea that she's not supposed to rush outside and play on the jungle gym while everyone else is nicely on task. If you liked Ramona, you are sure to quickly fall in love with little Annie Grace, better known as Adventure Annie!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reads2u103 on May 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Toni Buzzeo's has struck gold with her newest pint-size character in her latest book. "Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten".

Annie returns in vibrant colors thanks to illustrator Amy Wummer. The bright artwork coupled with Buzzeo's adventure hungry Annie, take on Kindergarten full steam ahead! Annie arrives with her adventure cape and attitude for her first day of school. With her backpack of extras and a positive attitude, Annie is ready for anything that kindergarten might bring her way.

Mr. Todd, the kindergarten teacher shares the Gold Star Rules for class but Annie has her own interpretation. Buzzeo hits a homerun as Annie creates her own adventures one after another trying to earn a Gold Star. As always, Annie finds a unique way to "save the day" and set the stage for her next adventure.

The duo of Buzzeo and Wummer have created a character that brings out the kindergartener in all of us! More please!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Season on September 4, 2013
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I don't love that the kid is naughty in half the book - it gives the impression that in order to be interested in adventures you have to be naughty. Of course it works in the end and she is the hero but I wish it would have shown a little restraint for kids who are entering school that they need to conform just a bit.
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I have a special fondness for this book since it reminds me so much of my own kindergartner! Annie is a precocious little girl with an adventurous spirit and begins her first day of kindergarten with optimism and bravado. Mr. Todd, her teacher, emphasizes the Gold Star Rules to the class, but Annie has her own creative interpretation which of course lands her in some trouble. Eventually, Annie learns how to follow the rules without losing her adventurous streak, and all turns out well. The illustrations convey the fun and craziness that is kindergarten, and makes this a delightful read-aloud for children.
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