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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823420906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823420902
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,364,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2—Poydar once again tells a school story with a recognizable predicament. Delighted with her jazzy new pack on wheels and thrilled that she can finally put it to good use, Violet accepts her first homework assignment as though it were an offering from on high. But after insisting that her entire household accommodate her need for quiet, she is horrified to discover that the homework sheet is not in any of the compartments of her zippy pack. She proceeds to tell her mother that her work has been completed, but this lie escalates into others the following day. The girl's teacher gently extricates her from the unmanageable situation and turns it into a teachable moment about the value of telling the truth. Poydar's charming illustrations are bright and upbeat, and the repetition of certain sounds—"zip," "snap," "stick," "click"—will make this a catchy read-aloud. For discussions about honesty, combine this story with Patricia C. McKissack's The Honest-to-Goodness Truth (S & S, 2000).—Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT
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Violet, eager for the new school year to begin, convinces her mother to buy her a fancy new backpack, complete with wheels, zippers, snaps, and straps. She’s sure it will come in handy when her new teacher, Ms. Patience, begins giving homework. But when the homework arrives, Violet spends so much time deciding which pocket will be best for transporting the paper that she accidentally leaves the assignment at school. Poydar, a former teacher who has created numerous picture books about elementary school life, is right on target with Violet’s concerns, and she presents Ms. Patience’s lesson to Violet (concerning the importance of being honest and owning up to mistakes) in a gentle way that won’t be lost on young readers. Brightly colored gouache-and-pencil illustrations add a warm, friendly touch to this reassuring story that will be useful for beginning-school-year story sessions and as a character-education discussion starter. Preschool-Grade 2. --Kay Weisman

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Violet was all excited because when she was out shopping with her mother she found the most perfect rolling backpack for school. She wanted something to put all her homework in so it wouldn't get lost. It was pink, had green flowers all over it and had lots of pockets that could be zipped up. She wheeled her pack to school every day, but no homework. The other kids glanced at her as if she was a bit silly, but she was only lightly teased by Jim when he said to her, "Be sure you don't lose it!" There wasn't much chance of that, but in any event Violet was going to be prepared!

At home she had a nice yellow desk with a lamp, paper, tape, pencil hold and crayons all set up just in case she got homework. Every night she stuffed her pack practicing for when she really got some. She was even pretending to "be Ms. Patience and herself at the same time." The next day there was some homework and Violet was so happy she had trouble deciding which pocket to zipper it up in. Now things were getting really exciting and she was prepared, but things suddenly got very upsetting. When she went to get her paper out of her beautiful rolling pack, it was nowhere to be found. What was Violet going to tell Ms. Patience?

All children lie at one time or another and need to face the consequences, even if it is a difficult thing to do. The author, a former teacher, dealt with this issue very nicely in this very popular book. I liked the realism in this book and chuckled a bit when I saw Ms. Patience had a tattoo on her ankle and when Violet had "ziipping, riiipping, cliiicking, and snaaapping dreams all night long" because she fibbed. This is a charming book that your young school age child will love!
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Violet could not wait to go to school. After she got her band new backpack, all she could talk about was the homework she was gong to put in her bag. The excitement was building until the day finally arrived. Violets first day of school was great especially when Ms. Patience gave out the homework. Violet could not wait to get home and do it. She zipped and unzipped all the different pouches. After her snack at home she ran to do her homework but it was missing. She did not tell anyone but rather was sad until Ms. Patience discovered her homework under her desk. She then tough Violet a very important lesson about organization and telling the truth.

To violet telling the truth was something that she had not though of. She was so happy with her bag that all else distracted her. This book helps teach kids the importance of telling the truth as well as being organized. A super important skill for any youngster starring school.
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This is a great book, I recommend this to help work with kids who need some help with organization. I am a school counselor and have not come across a book yet that is so perfect for helping younger elementary with organization, until this book came along! Highly recommended!
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I wanted to find a "fly up" gift for one of my grandchildren who is moving up from 2nd grade into 3rd grade. The story was important. The purchase was streamlined. Arrived just as described and in great condition.
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