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Kindergarten-Grade 1–In Carlson's third book about Henry and his adventures, the mouse has just spent his first day in first grade and is not quite sure how he feels about it. However, as he describes his experiences to his mother, he realizes that for every negative (he doesn't sit near any of his old friends) there is a positive (he's made a new pal who likes soccer and spiders as much as he does). By the time he's finished with his recitation, he's excited, happy, and proud that he's a real first grader now! Children taking this monumental step will sympathize with Henry's uncertainty and be reassured by his adjustment. The vibrantly colored illustrations and the cast of animal characters have lots of child appeal. Librarians will particularly appreciate the page where Henry and his classmates are eagerly investigating the Everybody Books in the school library. Whether used for storytime or independent reading, the book is sure to find an audience.–Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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PreS-Gr. 1. Henry the mouse gets off the bus and begins to tell his mother all the reasons he misses kindergarten. However, as he recounts the day's activities, he becomes more confident that he can handle his new environment and routine "because . . . . I'm a real first grader now!" Bright with crayon-box colors, the lively illustrations offer children plenty of details to examine while listening to Henry's narration and his mother's questions. For children moving up from kindergarten to "real" school, this encouraging book will help to calm those first-day-of-school jitters. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (July 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142412732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142412732
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This year illustrator and author Nancy Carlson published her 44th children's book. Her specialty is teaching kids to feel good about themselves and others.Kids, parents, teachers and even book critics think she does a great job. That's because she is never out of touch with the kid spirit inside herself. Her brightly colored pencil drawings perfectly capture the happy-go-lucky characters that fill her clever and funny books. There is a life lesson to be learned from each story.Nancy decided at age five to be an artist. As a child, Nancy would sit on her bed and draw for hours. "I began creating characters and telling stories through my drawings," Nancy said. "I always had the need to communicate something through my art." Her early love of comic books influenced her style of drawing and use of color.A graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art, Nancy has kept alive a youthful zest for life. Readers and book reviewers alike are charmed by her jazzy yet childlike drawings done with bright colored pencils. In all 42 books and four stage plays, she uses well-placed humor in words and pictures to tickle the funny bone of children and their parents.Humorous childhood experiences from her own life growing up in Minneapolis and from the escapades of her three children provide themes for stories. Most of her books feature animal characters that show the funny side of people. Nancy's two dogs, cat and a guinea pig are a source of inspiration.Nancy Carson lives in Bloomington, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. She and her husband, Barry McCool, have three children, two dogs, and a cat. Nancy loves nature and spends as much time outdoors as possible, running, biking and birdwatching. Besides writing and illustrating children's books, she designs posters, t-shirts, caps, greeting cards and other specialty items, which are marketed across the country through McCool Unlimited, Inc. and available though Nancy's on-line catalogue.Readers say they recognize themselves and their friends in the characters who triumph over everyday situations.Each story helps young readers deal with life's little problems, while teaching the basic values of honesty, determination and self-confidence.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By read 'em on November 15, 2006
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I read this to my grandson, the first grader, and although he enjoyed it, I felt it better suited for a kindergartener going into first grade. It worked great as a discussion tool on how things are done in other schools. For instance, in his class, first graders do not receive a snack outside of lunch; they do not have a class pet; and he does not take the bus to school, but is chauffeured by his cousin--which is my personal preference.

I still rate it 5 stars and suggest buying it before child enters first grade that way it becomes a keepsake because of the anticipation it builds in the youngster.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By HouseofMoon on July 25, 2011
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This book provide a basic concept and preparation of transition from kindergarten to 1st grade. It gives an idea to the readers that the differences between kindergarten and 1st grade activities at school. It's a great summer book for prospective 1st grader.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Havenner on June 2, 2012
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This is a fun book to use at the beginning of the school year for my incoming first graders. They enjoy it every time!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T Catherine on June 7, 2009
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Perfect book to use at the end of the year for Kindergarteners going to first grade!
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By Dana C. Larkin on August 28, 2008
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I read this to my boys just before they started first grade this year, and they liked it. It was a little more involved than the "Miss Bindergarten" books, which makes it appropriate for older (6 and 7 year-olds as opposed to 4 and 5 year-olds) kids. It also helps start them talking about what's on their minds - are they nervous, excited, fearful? what do they expect?
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I think this was a good choice for my little cousin. I think he will enjoy it.
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By Sammy on June 21, 2014
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I thought would be a good book to read to my kindergarten class on the last week of school but it was really intended to first grade teachers. Oh well...I gave it to a first grade teacher.
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By Debbie Walker on June 7, 2014
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Great for starting 1st grade.it was a gift for a graduating kindergarten child. I hope it helps in going to 1st grade
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