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  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (June 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802854141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802854148
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 11.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreS-Gr 1-Stan, a small anthropomorphic puppy, faces a big problem-his class is making birthday cards for the principal, but he just can't get the hang of writing. He is despondent until a friend suggests that he approach their teacher for help. Gathering up some courage, Stan approaches Miss Catnip and discovers that he's not the only one having trouble. After "lots and lots and lots of practice," Stan's writing improves and he not only creates a great card, but learns that he should always ask for help when he is struggling. Alexander's mostly full-page illustrations of Stan and his animal friends are bright and cheerful. Though cartoonish, they expressively depict the change in Stan's emotions-from isolation and sadness to accomplishment and happiness. The story is a tad didactic, but it teaches a good lesson. Students should have no trouble sympathizing with Stan's learning difficulties and cheer for his success.-Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Claire Alexander has written and illustrated Lucy and the Bully, Small Florence, and Lost in the Snow (all Gullane). She lives in England. Visit Claire's website at www.clairealexander.com.

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I used this story in his classroom as a social skills lesson on how to overcome your frustrations.
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The large pages, cute animal characters, and minimal text make this a good book for oral reading or a group presentation.
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The book also teaches kids to ask for help when they need it and usually there is another person having the same trouble.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spudman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
"Back to Front" is an excellent book for a young child who is afraid to ask his/her teacher for help. In this story the young pup has difficulty forming his letters correctly and is embarrassed to ask his teacher for help. Another student, a kitten, has the same writing problem and also is reluctant to help. Eventually the two students get help from the teacher and are much happier and more comfortable in the classroom.

Ostensibly the story is aimed at dyslexic children, but it can be helpful for other situations as well. The large pages, cute animal characters, and minimal text make this a good book for oral reading or a group presentation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Books That Heal Kids on February 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Back to Front and Upside Down could have not come at a better time. We have a student who is VERY frustrated for lots of reasons. One of his challenges revolves around academic tasks and becoming frustrated when he is stuck or upset when the teacher can't help him right away.

I used this story in his classroom as a social skills lesson on how to overcome your frustrations. Stan uses the skill of asking for help to move forward. This is a really helpful book if you are working with K-2 grades on school readiness skills.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Madigan McGillicuddy on December 17, 2012
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In this sweet little story, classroom animals get over their fear of asking for help when they're not sure of their letters. This book seems like perfect encouragement for struggling new readers. I thought this might be a dyslexia book (and it could be read that way I suppose) but any child who's ever gotten frustrated with learning to write should enjoy this one. I don't know if I'd read this with children who already enjoy reading though - why plant ideas that reading and writing are hard if you don't have to?
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Can animals tell the story better than humans? Many would respond with a nod of approval. Animal characters enrich the lives of young and old. Talented British author and illustrator, Claire Alexander, capitalizes on this fact by using animal characters to highlight important life messages. In Back to Front and Upside Down, Claire uses an assortment of animals in a classroom setting to reinforce the importance of asking questions.

Far too often, young students are afraid to ask a teacher for assistance. Their imaginations create unrealistic outcomes. These children presume that they are the only one who needs helps.If everyone else understands, they will most certainly be ostracized or ridiculed for their ignorance. Left unchecked, this irrational fear becomes a serious detriment to learning.

The delightful characters in Back to Front and Upside Down provide a different scenario. Stan, a brown dog with a long snout was struggling with writing words. As Stan panicked, he felt alone and sad. He was reluctant to share his weakness or ask the teacher for help. After confiding with one of his classmates, Stan was surprised to learn that others need to ask for help.

His classmate Jack said, “We all have to ask for help sometime.”

Finding the courage to approach a teacher for assistance can be an overwhelming experience for a young child. Picture books such as Back to Front and Upside Down can be used to instill confidence in youngsters who are reluctant to speak up.

Parents and teachers should consider reading this award-winning book to 3-6 year old children who are learning to cope with classroom situations.

In exchange for an interview and an honest review, I received a copy of Back to Front and Upside Down.
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Miss Catnip's class is excited to make birthday cards for the principal, but when she asks students to write "Happy Birthday" on their cards, Stan is terrified. His letters all come out jumbled! But, with the encouragement of his friend, he asks the teacher for help, and finds he isn't the only student who has a hard time!

This book won the Schneider Family Book Award, which is given to books which portray people living with a disability. In this instance, while it is never stated explicitly, Stan has dyslexia. While the solution to his problem may be simple (simple enough that he is able to write "Happy Birthday" in one afternoon of practice), making it so is encouraging to children who also have troubles with their letters.

The artwork is soft and, quite frankly, adorable, and you really FEEL for Stan when he's on the playground, fretting over his card.

While I've not read many picture books which address dyslexia, I think this book needs to be the minimum starting point for bringing up the issue in a classroom setting. By reading this in class, hopefully at least some students who have a problem with reading and writing will feel more comfortable coming forward and getting the assistance they need. And, of course, this is a MUST for any household where a child has just been found to have dyslexia! Seeing themselves in a book will help them realize it's normal and that they can still do well in school.
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