A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows what goes on the first day of kindergarten, from taking the school bus to learning classroom rules to hearing about shapes numbers, and the alphapbet, to eating in the cafeteria, meeting your teacher and classmates, naptime, and the all-important recess.
"Hold your head high and greet everyoe with a brilliant, magestic smile." It takes bravery to ask up to someone you don't know to play with you. It's cool to share with new freinds. "Be Awesome." "We Are Kind to Each Other." Recess "is the best thing ever!"
Positive Role Models
The boy's African American parents are loving and encouraging. His Afrcan American teacher is kind and fun-loving. His diverse classmates are nice and respectful.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The King of Kindergarten is by Derrick Barnes, author of the Caldecott Honor book Crown: An Ode to a Fresh Cut, and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. It joyously predicts a fun, fabulous first day in kindergarten, addressing the little boy main character with royal respect. It's a great confidence-builder for anyone approaching that big day with anxiety, fear, or suspicion. And it paints an all-around positive picture of going to school and making new friends. The African American teacher and main character and his diverse classmates make this a fine choice for families looking for books featuring characters of color.
Is It Any Good?
This enthusiastic, uplifitng story of a boy's first day of kindergarten layers on the kingly language to make it fresh and boost confidence. Addressing the boy as The King of Kindergarten gives him the you-got-this assurance he needs to enter a new situation with new rules to learn, a new teacher to face, and new classmates to meet. It's fun and infectious as the boy approaches this new world with bravery and kindness, as a benevolent king surely would. And Vanessa Brantley-Newton's perky illustrations keep the action bouncing along and capture the spirit of joy and accomplishment.
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