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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 900L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554536987
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554536986
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-K-A nameless little girl likes everything kindergarten so her transition toward independence has been easy for her, but not for her mother, whom she invites to join her for a day in class. Her mother is excited about the opportunity but her actions are more than a bit embarrassing when she doesn't wait her turn in line or take off her outside shoes. Her daughter gives her gentle reminders to follow the expected behaviors but Mom keeps having outbursts and shows a lack of self-control. Dismayed by her behavior, the child consults her teacher and is reminded that it takes a while to get used to something new. The girl is pleased when her mom displays more appropriate behavior and learns the rules that every kindergartener knows. At the end of the day, the woman decides to stick to things she is good at and leave the kindergarten activities to her daughter. Lowery's cartoon art is simple and expressive, accurately displaying activities of a kindergarten classroom. This is a fresh and funny look at a familiar subject that both children and parents will enjoy.-Diane Antezzo, Ridgefield Library, CTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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In this droll bit of role-reversal, a kindergartener’s spur of the moment invitation to her mom to join the class uncorks a shocking round of misbehavior. Who would think that a mom would have to be told not to push to the head of the line, shout out answers, dawdle on the way back from the restroom, or talk during story time? In Lowery’s simple cartoon scenes, the narrator and her classmates look on with stunned expressions at the parental malfeasance while the teacher takes it in stride: “Once your mom gets used to the way we do things, I’m sure she’ll learn how to express her thoughts and feelings in more appropriate ways.” Indeed, Mom is much better by the end of the day. Tongue so firmly in cheek that it might have to be surgically removed, Fergus crafts a switcheroo that will have children rolling on the floor and, along with certain parents and less-experienced teachers, getting the point, too. Preschool-Kindergarten. --John Peters

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My students were laughing so hard!
Denise Glennon
EnchantingChildrensBookReviews Let's face it moms and dads...sometimes, there are things that kids just do better than their parents, and that's okay!
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Overall Lilly enjoyed this book and thought it was a lot of fun to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carla Santora on May 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My little ones loved this silly story about a mom who gets it all wrong in kindergarten. They giggled at every page! I loved how it ever-so-subtly reminded them about the rules and "hidden curriculum" of the classroom. I'd way rather read books like this than nag them with reminders about good behavior. I also loved that this book reinforced the idea that we learn from our mistakes and get better with practice. A perfect message for little perfectionists and people-pleasers! The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten is a great picture book that will surely become a family favorite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Hines on July 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten by Maureen Fergus

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The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten by Maureen Fergus is a cute tale about how much of an utter fail a mother's visit to her daughters kindergarten class is. We may have been through kindergarten ourselves when we were young, but it's a much different, much tinier world with rules and ways of doing things that we have forgotten as adults. Very cute.
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By shaggy goo on May 18, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I Read this book with my son who is in kindergarten. We laughed all the way through the book. It was funny yet true how kindergarten class is hard work.
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"I liked that it teaches me about kindergarten. I liked that the mom was learning to be good and that at the end she did good things. the teacher was not liking it but then she was really proud."
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By love it on January 27, 2014
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It was a good book but it was also so funny that I was in to it so I recommend it to kids who like a good laugh
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By Laurie in Phoenix on December 30, 2013
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I liked this book beause the mom goes to her class and kind of forgets her manners!!!
And everyone has the patience!!!
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By Denise Glennon on December 24, 2013
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Love this book! My students were laughing so hard! It would be a great book to review the class rules.
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