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Bailey Hardcover – August 1, 2011

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From School Library Journal

PreS-K—Listeners will enjoy spending the school day with Bailey the dog in this funny audiobook. Children will find his antics humorous from the moment the early bird wakes Bailey up and al throughout his eventful day at school, which includes a party for his teacher, a trip to the nurse's office, and the school bus ride home. The narration by Kirby Heyborne, who skillfully gives a distinctive voice to each of the characters, makes it easy to follow along with or without the book. A fun story to read and listen to. Recommended.—Amy Joslyn, Fairport Public Library, NY --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: AD220L (What's this?)
  • Series: Bailey
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545233445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545233446
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 11.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Perkins VINE VOICE on November 13, 2011
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The primary audience for this book in my household is my 6-year-old daughter. I might have given it an extra star, but she thought this book was just ok, not great. She thought it was a little boring. We have read this book several times, but it is not one of her favorites or one that she returns to frequently.

This story follows one day in the life of a dog, Bailey, as he attends school. There is one or two lines of text on each page plus a few thought or dialogue bubbles. The best part of this book is the illustrations, which are bright, engaging, and pretty clever at times. The main problem with this book is the story, which is a little sparse and choppy. The narrative does not flow very well. With the clever, detailed illustrations, this book could have used a more extensive storyline.

My daughter's favorite parts of the book are (1) when Bailey makes a mess in art class using his tail as a paint brush, (2) when he goes to the nurse because he felt sick from eating his own homework, and (3) when he chased after the bus because he was late going to and going home from school.
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Bailey is a hardcover book with paper pages (not a sturdy board book) that could be a good way to introduce pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students to the routine of a school day. Colorful illustrations occupy the majority of each page.

Bailey's day begins with a wake-up from the early bird. He washes up and selects a collar for school before running for the school bus. He is greeted by the principal before storing his treats and toys in his cubby. He has to visit the nurse for a tummy ache (caused by eating his homework, of course). He returns to class in time to give a report on President Franklin D. Roosevelt's dog and do math on the chalkboard. He proceeds to lunch and spends time digging through the trash. After lunch, Bailey has art class and then recess followed by gardening and music class. He reads for a while before running to catch the bus home. A squirrel makes appearances throughout the book.

Adults may appreciate the clever details (such as a Puppy Weekly magazine in Bailey's bedroom and that the song lyrics he holds in music class are for Hound Dog) but they would likely go over the heads of children.

Many of the pages have thought bubbles for other students, which is not ideal for reading the book aloud.

The author did a good job representing a diverse student body and I appreciate that he chose to have a male nurse. Bailey's primary teacher is a women but he has male teachers for his art and music classes.
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He has a dog named Bailey who looks just like this dog. He thinks it is the "sexiest dog in the world" but I personally think his dog is a princess because all he eats is chicken. I thought the story was cute and I wrote extra stuff in it specifically about Bailey and my boyfriend loved it. He said it was his second favorite Christmas present ever, since his first one was an iced tea maker.
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BAILEY

This book is especially fun and important for your child when they are entering school for the first time. Kids going into kindergarten can really relate to little Bailey the dog going to school.

Bailey loves to go to school but he is so easily distracted! There's the squirrel who is constantly teasing Bailey. It's always hard to remember to be on time for the school bus because there are so many interesting sticks in his yard.

The book takes you and your grand babies or children through an entire day with Bailey at school. He loves to go to school and the kids in his class love having Bailey there with them.

The story covers every aspect and hour of a normal and typical day at school -- putting belongings into his little cubby, saying good morning to his teacher, visiting the school nurse, writing on the chalk board, giving a report, art class, and everyone's favorite part of the school day -- lunch!

Little children going to school the first time will be able to relate well to Bailey's day. For those little ones not yet attending school but will shortly, this book will help them see how much fun school can be -- even if there isn't a dog in your class.

The illustrations are adorable and I love how Bailey's thoughts are in a bubble over his little head. The kids in his class are fun too and they also give us their two cents worth in the thought department.

My little grand daughter had some good giggles while being read this book. She will start kindergarten next year and was full of questions regarding school. She thought it was great fun that a dog would go to school and have to do homework.

All in all, a cute little book for your little ones.

Thanks.

Pam
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Bailey is a cute book about a dog that went to school with other children. We first meet Bailey when he is trying to decide what color collar to wear to school. He then runs to the bus and arrives in the nick of time. At school, Bailey does math by counting bones and he tries to convince the other children to trade their lunch for his bone. Bailey eats the kick ball and wants to use the baseball bat as a stick during recess, and he gets odd stares when he tries to eat the leftover food in the trash and digs a hole in the school yard while trying to find his bone. At the end of the book, Bailey returns home on the school bus, excited for the next day at school.

This books is perfect for the pre-kindergarten/kindergarten age group. The younger children enjoy the pictures and the nice story. Kindergarten children can use the book as a reading tool since its pictures give cues for the words in the stories.

Each page has beautiful pictures and words that continue the story. Additionally, there are side comments from the other pupils that are usually funnier than the story itself.

I gave the book four rather than five stars because there was nothing extremely funny or insightful in the book. The story follows a predictable course and the narration is not on the same exceptional level as the diagrams.
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