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On the Way to Kindergarten Hardcover – April 20, 2006

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PreS–This book starts when Bear is a newborn. A page of rhyming couplets describes each year until NOW, the age of five, when the number of things the cub can do expands exponentially. Beginning with milestones such as riding a tricycle at age three or blowing bubbles at four, the list highlighting the childs growing independence and abilities quickly expands to include singing the ABCs, helping carry groceries, and putting on puppet shows. Most of the book is spent on these five-year-old skills, leading up to the first day of kindergarten, when readers turn the final page sideways to see a tall exuberant Bear, a baby no more!!!!! Whereas readers may not do all of the things this highly capable youngster can do, they will certainly identify with the joy and pride, evident on every page, that are a part of accomplishing something new. And with so many milestones included, most readers are bound to recognize themselves in some achievement. This sense of belonging is amplified by the friendly, cheerful art done in bright pastels. Bear is visibly happy, engaged, and supported by family and friends. A sidekick mouse in a ruffled orange dress lends added interest. This is a fun, celebratory story for any child just waiting to go to school.–Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
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PreS-Gr. 2. While Miss B's students are departing kindergarten (see Joseph Slate's Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the Last Day of Kindergarten, on p.105), Kroll's little bear is just beginning the school experience. A double-page spread for each year uses pictures and rhyming text to depict the bear's milestones from birth ("When you were a NEWBORN, you ate, burped, and cried"), until he is finally ready for kindergarten ("You're teaching your best friend the ABC song. / You put back your building blocks where they belong"). The second-person voice personalizes the story, and the soft-edged artwork conveys a cozy charm, with a little gray mouse boosting the toddler's confidence in each scene. The last spread, which opens vertically, shows the bear standing by a growth chart, imagining the adventures awaiting him as the narrator declares, "'Cause now you are FIVE and a baby no more!" Expect requests for reading again. Julie Cummins
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (April 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039924168X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399241680
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,504,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Virginia Kroll is the author of over fifty books for children and winner of a 2004 Children's choice award. A former elementary school teacher, she lives in New York with her husband and has raised six children of her own.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Khalily on August 10, 2009
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My son is five years old and "on the way to Kindergarten" this fall, just like the bear in this book. We took it out from the library in early July and we've read it together every night since. He loves the way it counts each age and all of the great things kids learn in those years. He asks questions about why the bear is doing things and often answers them himself by saying, "because he's getting bigger!". It is a very engaging story and the rhyming makes it fun. I highly recommend this book for children in my son's age group. I think it's a great way to help prepare them for the transition to Kindergarten.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GT on December 16, 2010
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My son absolutey loved this book. It starts from when you were born...to now you are 5 years old with details on milestones for every year gone by. He actually read the book and kept saying, I can do that, I can do that..he is not 5 yet, but understood that he will go to big boy school when he turns '5'. Great book...absolutely reccommend it at this low price specially!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Spinelli on August 12, 2011
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I will be teaching kindergarten again for the first time in 20 years. This will be an enjoyable book to share on the first day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark G. Machnacki on January 16, 2014
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My grandson who is turning five soon really enjoyed this book that chronicles his development from babyhood to kindergarten. He laughed and chatted about the content and really enjoyed the illustrations. I would recommend this book for families with a pre-kindergartener. I think it was reassuring to him too.
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By HAPPY SHOPPER on August 5, 2013
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Exactly what our five year old grandson wanted. Loved it! Delivery was quick, condition superior, and contents so kid-friendly with all the questions concerning starting school.
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By jess on September 6, 2012
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I really liked the book. I just did not have time this year to do it. Plan to read the book next year at the beginning of the year.
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