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Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? Hardcover – June 22, 2010
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What I love about this book is the lighthearted tone and the creative text. It's only natural that some kids will be a little anxious on the first day of school, but Vernick cleverly uses a hilarious and big character to help alleviate their fears. Obviously a buffalo could never attend school, yet Vernick makes it seem that it really could happen, especially since the book addresses the reader personally. This out-of-place character grabs your attention and makes his way into your heart.
Jennewein's illustrative style pairs wonderfully with Vernick's story. He uses a black caran d'ache pencil to create a crayon outline look that's perfect for a book about kindergarten. With muted, soft colors and effective use of white space, the layout of the book is crisp and clean. And, I adore how the comical characters make you smile. I mean, just look at that buffalo -- isn't he the cutest, cuddliest, big and lumbering animal you've ever seen? In my book, he's right up there with the lovable Snuffleupagus from Sesame Street! The page where the buffalo is finger painting always makes my daughter laugh, but I think one of the funniest illustrations is on the title page -- the buffalo is head-butting the bus.
This picture book shows pre-schoolers that they don't need to know how to do everything before they start school, because they're going to school to learn new skills and improve some others. They'll also see that it's okay to get messy or frustrated. The best part of the book, though, is that it tells pre-schoolers that "everyone's special in his or her own way."
Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? has delightful illustrations by Daniel Jennewein. The buffalo is as cute as he can be and I'm happy to see the students in the book are diverse. I love flipping through this book just to look at the wonderful pictures!
I recommend Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? as a gift or an addition to your own pre-schooler's library.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My granddaughter is hesitant about going to kindergarten so I bought the book for a graduation from preschool gift.Published 2 months ago by Murphy
great way to lighten the mood for my daughter who was nervous about kindergarten.Published 20 months ago by natsmomma
Very pleased with the book and its timely arrival. This is a great book for kindergarteners!!Published 21 months ago by marcy jahr
This is a FANTASTIC first day of kinder book... My class thoroughly enjoyed... I recommend for teachers and parents alike...Published 23 months ago by Patricia Zamora
This is the cutest, silliest and funniest book about going to kinder ever! I teach a "Get Ready for kinder" class every summer and this book hands down is the favorite. Read morePublished on July 21, 2012 by Dionne
I wish this book had been available in my day. I was one of those kids who was scared to go to kindergarten. Read morePublished on March 13, 2012 by Amy Hearth