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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers, an Imprint of Penguin Group (USA),
Material: hard cover
Summary: Annie Grace is ready for her first day of school. Kindergarten may be an adventure, and Annie wants to be prepared. You never know, she might just need her zookeeper hat, her high wire slippers, and walkie talkies into her backpack. When Annie learns about Mr. Todd’s Gold Star Rules, she sets her sights on being the class Gold Star Deputy. When Mr. Todd needs her help to find two classmates, it is Adventure Annie to the rescue. This is picture book that helps kids have fun thinking about Kindergarten.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 7
Reading Level: 2.3
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: Clever and not at all predictable. I love that this is Annie’s story to tell, making it easy for kids to see themselves in Annie’s shoes. Adventure Annie is anxious — in an excited kind of way — and the author verbalizes her thoughts and feelings with a perfect pitch for a 5-year-old’s thinking.
Pros: Adventure Annie is an every-kid kind of Kindergartner who readers will relate to. This is an exceptional choice to read at home in the days leading up to the first day of Kindergarten or in your classroom during that first week of school.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. The story is set around going to school, but this is a story that you can enjoy any time of year ... and you'll get asked to read it a lot!
Educational Themes: There are plenty of “uh-ohs!” that young listeners will anticipate, and opportunities to talk about the different kinds of feelings in the classroom. Louise, for example, has expressions that make her look nervous or shy.
Notes: The author donated an advance review copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, school, emotions
Date(s) Reviewed: July 2014
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com.