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Go Home, Mrs. Beekman! Hardcover – Bargain Price, July 3, 2008
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2—Emily is heading off for her first day of school, and she insists that her mother stays with her. "Forever!" "I promise….And a promise is a promise. I'll stay at school for a million gazillion years with my Emily right on my lap." Mrs. Beekman is true to her word. Even when her daughter discovers that school is actually a fun place, the woman won't leave. Teacher Sue nicely but firmly insists repeatedly that it's time for all adults to go home, but Mrs. Beekman is not deterred. She resorts to disguising herself as a coatrack and, on subsequent days, as a big purple hat, green dog, yellow bird, and oversize hula hoop. Finally, Emily kindly convinces her mother that she wants to be in school by herself. Careful readers will note that Mrs. Beekman's disguises match items Emily mentions in the book's first pages. The illustrations work perfectly with the text. The characters' facial expressions are spot-on, and Carrington captures the feel of kindergarten, the love between Emily and her mother, and a child's first steps toward independence. This enjoyable if slightly familiar tale would work well for one-on-one sharing or storytime.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
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In a hilarious reversal of the starting-school panic, Emily Beekman makes her mother promise to stay with her in her preschool classroom, but when Mrs. Beekman does stay and stay, Emily cannot get rid of the hovering, embarrassing, silly grown-up. The story’s fun is in the details, and the clear, neon-colored comic scenarios show the child reaching out, bonding with her teacher, finding friends, and enjoying the play, whether she is making monster cartoons, learning songs, or climbing the jungle gym. Still, Mommy will not go home: “A promise is a promise,” and her appearances in class are increasingly wild: she dresses up in a big green dog suit, pretends to be a coatrack, and even dangles from a helicopter over the playground. Finally, Emily makes her own promise that she will have a wonderful day, without Mommy. Full of love and nonsense, this picture book nicely captures a young child’s dramatic, first-school-day feelings. Preschool. --Hazel Rochman
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Top Customer Reviews
Mrs.Beekman promised not to leave her daughter alone in her new school and a promise is a promise, so for the rest of the book the teacher is trying to get Mrs.Beeman to stay home.
It's a cute book, three year old Averys favorite and a favorite of mine too!
Go Home, Mrs.Beekman!!!
I immediately made a connection with the mother in the story. Unlike the child in the story my son was soooooo excited about the first day of school. Me on the other hand, I wasn't quite sure if I wanted to let him go to this unusual place all by himself. I connected with Mrs. Beekman's need to watch over her child. She became a fly on the wall at her daughters's school by transforming herself into a coat rack, a hat, a hula hoop, and some other interesting things. As we read, I could relate. Those first few days of school had me wondering how my son was doing, if he was listening to the teacher, if he was having fun, and if he missed me. Much to the dismay of the teacher in the story, Mrs. Beekman saw it all in her daughters class! That lucky Mrs. Beekman!!!!
The book is adorable. The story entertained both me and my son. I think this would be a great gift to give to a parent who has a child going into grade K. Not many (if any) back to school books display how a parent may have a more difficult time letting go of a child; than the child has of letting go of the parent. Ann Stampler does a super job of making this story flow. My son of course thought the story was funny and I thought the story had a hidden truth in it about how parents have anxiety too about the first day of school.
I also think this would make a fun read for the first few days of school. It would be fun to have the class draw a picture of their parents at school with them. You could discuss: How would your mom or dad hide if he or she came to school? Would you like your mom or dad to be at school with you everyday?
Many parents will also identify with Mrs. Beekman, who through many wonderful disguises, attempts to stay at school with her child all day.
As I drive to work in the morning and see the anxious faces of both parents and kids as the kindergarden bus arrives, I wish I could hand out this book at each bus stop.
As a psychotherapist, I will be recommending this book to my clients who are struggling with "the first day of school".
Nancy Adler-Jones, MSW