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Kisses for Kindergarten Hardcover – June 1, 2017
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Stella is convinced she doesn’t have to go to kindergarten, since her puppy, Buster, tells her so. But convincing her mom and dad is a problem, until she comes up with a solution: “I’ll reimagine kindergarten!” she says, “and really, how hard can that be with my puppy teaching me?” Stella begins with playtime and a romp in the park, followed by Buster’s sloppy kisses. Snack time is paired with light dress-up, nap time turns into more playtime, and more kisses come next. When it comes to story time, Buster demonstrates “wisdom twice his age”—a telltale sign to “let Stella Isabella know to kindergarten she must go.” In Crouse’s delightful kindergarten-readiness tale, lyrical couplets playfully emphasize how the transition from home life to school can be a frightening experience for youngsters. Pamintuan adds warmth and tenderness to frolicsome scenes of the cartoonish figures in saturated colors, by focusing on Stella and Buster’s close-knit relationship. Including a kindergarten-ready checklist, this debut is a perfect read for kiddos nervous about their first day of school.
"A perfect read for kiddos nervous about their first day of school."―Booklist
"Pamintuan captures this tender girl-and-dog friendship in splashy, cinematic scenes." —Publishers Weekly
"Pamintuan's digital illustrations bring out the duo's love and their exuberance, and he shows each sloppy kiss from Buster to his girl." —Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Livingstone Crouse has spent the last 20 years either selling, editing, or writing books for children. He's even done all three at once! So recently he decided he'd focus entirely on writing the kinds of books he likes to read, books in verse that are filled with heart, word-play, and lots of laughs. Books like this one. Livingstone lives in a large, 200-year old farmhouse in New York's Hudson Valley with his husband and a dog named Kat. (And you can be fairly certain that Livingstone Crouse is not his real name. But don't tell anyone!)
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I found the illustrations to be lively and cheerful - well, alright, downright funny. The joy exuding from the pages is sheer happiness. Stella Isabella is a cute, active, happy child and young readers will fall in love with her.
The rhyming lines and alliteration are fun and catchy. Rhymes always capture a child's attention when infused with rollicking rhythm and lively cadence.
Stella Isabella Harden
declared she didn't have to go,
because her puppy told her so.
This is a fun book and helps generate interest in going to kindergarten and presents it as a good opportunity for the child. After all, who doesn't want to learn to read the words on the pages of a book?
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy on behalf of the Silver Dolphin Books and the author to facilitate a review. Opinions are my own and freely given.
Stella and her dog, Buster, are adorable and their joy seeps off the pages. The words are written in a rhyming scheme and the kids will be able to notice them which is good for early literacy. In fact, some of them are quite clever.
"When snack time came, a little later
Stella thought her educator
would fancy sipping cups of tea.
Yet that was simply not to be."
The artist's illustrations are precise, vibrant, and show all the emotions whether it is coming from Stella or Buster. A non-reader would be able to understand the story just by looking at the pictures that fill the whole page. There is no doubt Stella is a happy child and has a lovable dog as a pet.
The theme of the book is also perfect for calming a child's fear about the first day of Kindergarten. The best part of Stella's day are the kisses she gets from Buster when she gets home!
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.