Customer Reviews

143
4.5 out of 5 stars
The Night Before Kindergarten
Format: PaperbackChange
Price:$2.20 + Free shipping with Amazon Prime
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

93 of 99 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2001
I like the way the book begins, with children thinking and wondering about kindergarten, the night before school begins. But the book then turns to the mommies and daddies, who stand crying at the door on the first day of kindergarten. I didn't really want to give my daughter any ideas, as she was already a nervous wreck. The teacher assures the parents that everything will be fine, but I really didn't like this part of the book at all.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2005
I have seen many stories about children going off to school for the first time but this one has a surprising difference that really sets it apart from the others.

The poem begins on the night before kindergarten with children and parents getting ready for the big day. Then the day arrives and we see children and parents as they prepare, go to, and arrive at school. There is much said about a lack of napping places that does not match my children's experiences. But then we see how the parents are saddened by leaving their kids behind. The resourceful teacher manages to find a quick solution and all ends happily.

The first day of school can be hard for children and adults alike. This is the first book I have come across that deals with the excitement and hesitancies on this special day. A very fun book for parent and child.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2007
I do not recommend because it essentially presupposes that kindergarten is a scary place and that you only need to overcome your fears when entering this frightening place. That's how it seemed to me, at least.

Instead of describing kindergarten as a fun, happy, loving place, it talks about how children are at first afraid, but then learn to like it. Why even suggest that your child should be afraid?

Worse, in the book, all the parents stay in the classroom, outside the door watching. That's not how school works. The parents are not there, so why suggest that they are going to be at the door looking in during the day?

Not recommended. The other "night before" books I like, just not this one.
11 commentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2001
I bought this book for my granddaughter and for a friend's child who is entering kindergarten. Loved the idea of making children aware that this is a big step for them but somewhat bitter-sweet for their parents. Mentioned leaving their baby things behind as they go into the big school world. Pictures were very up to date--clothes, backpacks, school supplies. Very well done. I would extend the age range for appropriate readership through kindergarten age and not limit it to preschool.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2005
I thought this was an excellent read for children about to enter Kindergarten...not every book has to be realistic, because, let's face it, Kindergarten can be scary to a 5 year old. I also purchased a number of other books for pre-K and read those, along with The Night Before Kindergarten, to my 5 year old. He particularly enjoyed this book, because it's easy to understand, the rhyming makes it fun and it ends with the grown-ups crying, which he thinks is very silly.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is a great book to read to Kindergartens because they do read this book at our grade school. A previous reviewer complained that this book didn't fit her child because her child rode on the school bus, and this book showed parents dropping their children off. She could of just improvised. I do drive my kids to school everyday because we don't have school buses because our school is within 2 miles. This book is better than any other book out there. It's a cute book and I would recommend it.

I got mines on Ebay.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2002
I bought this for my 2 year old who was starting Preschool and she LOVES it! It has darling illustrations, a cute story and a happy ending.....I recommend this one!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2001
I purchased this book for my daughter and read it to her a few weeks before her first day in kindergarten. It does have a neat ending, which I think helps children forget about their fears of the first day of school. Even though kindergarten has started, my daughter still likes me to read this to her.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2015
Terrible story! It starts with a child being scared and then goes onto a group of parents standing by the classroom door and all crying and having a hard time saying goodby to their kids. Why would anyone want to share this type of a story with a child? Why is it so difficult to find a book that has a positive story, that kindergarten is fun, showing how the day at school looks like, what to expect in classrom and most imoprtanty no drama.
review image
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2005
It's a wonderful book for kids and parents. For those who are concerned about the parents crying in the story, make them cry tears of happiness and the kids will understand, and change the words. The story is right on target here where we live. There is no bus, so we share in carpool. I don't know if I would send my 5-year-old on a big yellow bus the first day or two or not if we did have one. I teach prekindergarten, and use the book for my class too. It's awesome. Also recommended to all of my parents, Mommy-CEO, which also has plenty of tips on family, school and everything in between. Both books have been well accepted by all of my parents and they really enjoy them.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
     
 
Customers who viewed this also viewed
Kindergarten, Here I Come!
Kindergarten, Here I Come! by David Steinberg (Paperback - June 14, 2012)
$3.99

Kindergarten Rocks!
Kindergarten Rocks! by Katie Davis (Paperback - June 1, 2008)
$6.99

 
     

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.

Your Recently Viewed Items and Featured Recommendations 
 

After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in.