Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The day my mom came to kindergarten by Maureen Fergus –ESSENTIAL

Fergus, Maureen and Illustrated by Lowery, Mike The day my mom came to kindergarten PICTURE BOOK.  Kids Can Press, 2013. $13.17.  Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.

A little girl who loves Kindergarten gets a surprise one day when her mom decides to stay for class. Instead of helping out the teacher or sitting around, like most grown-ups do, her mom acts just like a kid. A bad kid. She breaks all the rules, makes messes, and even talks during story time in the library. What can a girl do with a mom who doesn't follow the rules?

At first I was worried, I sort of dislike starting or continuing the notion that parents are embarrassing, especially in regards to younger students who mostly still hero worship their parents. But this book was a sneaky surprise and functions as a neat perspective change on the effect of breaking rules! The artwork is adorable and fun to look at, with harmonious colors and an interesting use of layout and text.

EL (K-3) - ESSENTIAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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