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The Twelve Days of Kindergarten: A Counting Book Hardcover – August 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810945126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810945128
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-Set to the familiar tune of "The Twelve Days of Christmas," this poem enumerates a child's experiences upon entering kindergarten. The youngster begins, "On the first day of kindergarten, my teacher gave to me the whole alphabet from A to Z!" and proceeds through 5 gold stars and ends with 12 eggs for hatching. The word "kindergarten" is unavoidably awkward and practice may be in order to perfect your delivery if you choose to sing it. The real charm of this book lies in the hilarious illustrations that chronicle the harried teacher's adventures with her new students. On art day, a boy spills a big jar of green paint, one kid picks his nose in every scene, bees get loose from a display on a field trip, and on and on. The style is reminiscent of Babette Cole's work not only in the drawings but also in the sense of humor. This one will pair nicely with Joseph Slate's excellent contributions to this subject including, Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten (Puffin, 2001).
Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreS-Gr. 1. Taking off from "The Twelve Days of Christmas," this uproarious picture book uses a cumulative counting verse to celebrate a kindergarten classroom, with a teacher and eight pupils busy with all kinds of learning fun--from chanting the alphabet and recognizing shapes and colors, to stringing beads and feeding pets. The clear, lively double-page spreads show groups as well as individual pupils. Kids will enjoy following the characters and seeing the roles they play: the self-absorbed girl in a frilly dress, always looking at herself; the rambunctious boy who makes trouble; the shy child clutching the teacher's skirt. What's great is that the characters' aren't stuck in their roles, and kids who look closely at the pictures, while taking pleasure in the chanting verse, will find a story about learning, messing up a lot, and sometimes changing. Hazel Rochman
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More About the Author

Deborah's newest school story, The Spelling Bee Before Recess, captures the nailbiting excitement of a school spelling bee that goes into overtime. In this humorous picture book, set to the rhythm of The Night Before Christmas, two finalists enter the spelling bee's championship round. The spelling words fly fast and thick, until the principal throws in a tiebreaker where the spellers must spell AND tell what the word means--just like in the national spelling bee.

Her lullaby book, Someone's Sleepy, gently celebrates a young child's nightly ritual, from bathtime to hearing a bedtime story to snuggling with favorite stuffed animals to sweet dreams. The book is also a lullaby song with music by Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Tom Chapin.

Jimmy the Joey, Deborah's animal conservation book, is the true story of the amazing rescue of an orphaned baby koala in Australia. Deborah is former Director of Communications for Lindsay Wildlife Museum, which includes the first wildlife rehabilitation hospital established in the U.S.

Deborah's ocean alphabet book, Into the A,B,Sea, was named to the New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing and has sold a quarter million copies. The Twelve Days of Kindergarten and The Twelve Days of Winter have both won the NAPPA Gold Award. An internationally published, award-winning children's author, Deborah weaves themes of nature, family and school in her books.

"I rocked my children to sleep many times. That gentle rocking rhythm became the verses of Someone's Sleepy...The Twelve Days of Kindergarten was inspired by my son's first day of kindergarten. When he came home from school, he couldn't stop telling me all the wondrous things his new teacher had given him. Those classroom gifts--and many others that followed--inspired me to write The Twelve Days of Kindergarten, The Twelve Days of Winter and The Twelve Days of Springtime. The Spelling Bee Before Recess grew from my memories of LOSING the school spelling bee, and from my kids adventures in their own school bees many years later."

Deborah grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Cornell University. She helped create and directs communications for the national STEM education project howtosmile.org, which has earned an ALA Best Websites for Kids award and AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Award. She lives in Walnut Creek, California. Visit her at www.deborahleerose.com.

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The illustrations are excellent.
Lori R.
Singing the tune makes it even more fun and has your child singing with you by the end!
S. Martin
Perfect book for the kindergarten teacher!
Janice Wilson

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Martin on February 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My son, Luke, who is in Kindergarten this year loves this book! He laughed so hard at the boy who picks his nose all the way through the book, no matter what he is doing. The teacher is lovable and makes you want to hug your own child's teacher after reading this. Singing the tune makes it even more fun and has your child singing with you by the end! If your child is getting ready for Kindergarten, this book has some fun ideas of how it may be on any given day.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ReadItDiva on November 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
5 Gold Stars
4 Puzzle Shapes
3 Pencils
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And the whole alphabet from A to Z!
Remember the class cut-up who always made a mess? The weird kid who picked his nose? The girl who wore frilly dresses each day? This multicultural kindergarten class has that and more. You can't help but hum, or even sing, the melody of the popular Christmas carol as you read this book aloud. There are numerous counting books on the market, but the comical illustrations rendered by Carey Armstrong-Ellis elevate this to a class by itself. My daughters (ages 3 years 9 months and 2 years) enjoy a picture book all the more when the pictures provide plenty to look at while Mama reads. Be sure to watch class pets Chuck and Joe Gerbil and the fish as the story progresses! Poor teacher cracks by Day 12. We were cracking up by the end of the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julie Jordan Scott on August 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is wonderful on many different levels.

The fact that my children and I can sing it - wow, for a musical family, what could be better than that?

Now music AND repetition? What could delight a pre-schooler/kindergartner more? VERY LITTLE!

The illustrations are colorful and SOOOO expressive. I think some of the children from my kindergarten class 35 years ago are caught forever in these pages, as are the children from MY children's classes....

I just wish my kindergarten teacher, Miss Wick, was more like the teacher Deborah Lee Rose creatd for us.

Brava - beautifully crafted.....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beth on October 16, 2012
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I was disappointed in the negative portrayal of the children and the teacher in all the pictures. Each page contained a picture of the same boy with his finger stuck up his nose along with various other bad behavior from students. The teacher's expressions clearly showed her lack of control. This book was not a positive portrayal of kindergarten.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lori R. on August 10, 2006
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This one of the best books I've read for kindergarten. It can be used on so many different levels. I have my daughter follow each student in the book (she loves the kid picking his nose too)and we talk about what they are doing and sometimes we play I spy.

The illustrations are excellent. It's fun to see what the kids are doing each day down to some of the smallest details.

We also sing the story which my 3 year old loves and tries to sing by herself.

This is a book you have to purchase. Your family will love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. R. Jones on September 11, 2009
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I love this book. The pictures are so detailed. My students loved looking at the pictures and finding all the little details in each one. Even though the story and words are simple the pictures are facinating and great for young readers and older ones alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Shoup on June 30, 2009
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This is the cutest book for parents as well as toddlers and children. I bought it for my 5 year old granddaughter who is going to kindergarten in the fall, but my 2 year old grandson loves it even more than she does. The pictures have so much detail that even on the 20th reading, the children (and adults) are finding funny new sections of the drawing. The rhyme can be sung to "The 12 Days of Christmas," making it easy to memorize. Obviously, I love it.
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