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About the Author

Rosemary Wells is the creator of many unforgettable children's book characters, including Max and Ruby, McDuff, and Yoko, each of whom stars in their own book series. She is also the author of perennial favorites about universal childhood experiences, such as Noisy Nora and Read To Your Bunny. Rosemary Wells lives in upstate New York.

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  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Series: Kindergators
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061921122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061921124
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in New York City, Rosemary Wells grew up in a house "filled with books, dogs, and nineteenth-century music." Her childhood years were spent between her parents' home near Red Bank, New Jersey, and her grandmother's rambling stucco house on the Jersey Shore. Most of her sentimental memories, both good and bad, stem from that place and time. Her mother was a dancer in the Russian Ballet, and her father a playwright and actor. Mrs. Wells says, "Both my parents flooded me with books and stories. My grandmother took me on special trips to the theater and museums in New York. "Rosemary Wells's career as an author and illustrator spans more than 30 years and 60 books. She has won numerous awards, and has given readers such unforgettable characters as Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, and Yoko. She has also given Mother Goose new life in two enormous, definitive editions, published by Candlewick. Wells wrote and illustrated Unfortunately Harriet, her first book with Dial, in 1972. One year later she wrote the popular Noisy Nora. "The children and our home life have inspired, in part, many of my books. Our West Highland white terrier, Angus, had the shape and expressions to become Benjamin and Tulip, Timothy, and all the other animals I have made up for my stories." Her daughters Victoria and Beezoo were constant inspirations, especially for the now famous "Max" board book series. "Simple incidents from childhood are universal," Wells says. "The dynamics between older and younger siblings are common to all families."But not all of Wells' ideas come from within the family circle. Many times when speaking, Mrs. Wells is asked where her ideas come from. She usually answers, "It's a writer's job to have ideas." Sometimes an idea comes from something she reads or hears about, as in the case of her recent book, Mary on Horseback, a story based on the life of Mary Breckenridge, who founded the Frontier Nursing Service. Timothy Goes to School was based on an incident in which her daughter was teased for wearing the wrong clothes to a Christmas concert. Her dogs, west highland terriers, Lucy and Snowy, work their way into her drawings in expression and body position. She admits, "I put into my books all of the things I remember. I am an accomplished eavesdropper in restaurants, trains, and gatherings of any kind. These remembrances are jumbled up and changed because fiction is always more palatable than truth. Memories become more true as they are honed and whittled into characters and stories."

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My son started Transitional Kindergarten this school year. He was ahead of his peers in academic knowledge, but struggles with relating appropriately with his peers. This book helped him grasp the concept of social space and helped me accept how normal it is for some children to struggle with this area of development. I like that Harry is given a concrete way to know where his space ends and others begins. We know the book well, but pull it off the shelf to periodically remind my son. I think the story is cute and funny.

The illustrations are very textured, like you could pull the characters off the page. I think this would be useful for visual and tactile learners.The background art is minimal, allowing the reader to focus on the action and dialog between the characters.
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We have been having issues at homes with our kids not keeping their hands to themselves. You can only say "keep your hands to yourself" so many times before you start going crazy. So, I grabbed this book to help them process what I was trying to tell them. It worked beautifully. They loved the story. We reread it when they need a reminder. My kids are 7, 6, 4, and 2 (well, and 4 months, but clearly he doesn't have a problem keeping his hands to himself) and they all enjoyed the book and were able to understand the message.
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I read aloud to preschool (4-5yr olds) and after the teacher heard it, she said she just had to have it to read aloud to her class and so I gave it to her as a gift. Ms. Wells must have spent either years as a kindergarten teacher or many many hours observing these age groups. It is very funny, while making its points.
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I got this to share in my class. It was easy for the kids to relate to the story. My class also easily picked up the moral. It led to a good discussion on what to do when your classmate bothers you.
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By Crissy on December 7, 2013
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One of our favorite Rosemary Wells books. She captures Kindergarten perfectly and encourages courtesy towards other in the process. Love the humor in it.
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Well written story, one that children will be able to relate to and learn from. I wish there were more picture books on this topic.
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