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A place called Kindergarten




Publication Information:
New York : Putnam, ©2006.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm.
Wondering why their friend Tommy has not come to the barn at his usual time, the animals become alarmed when the dog tells them that he has gone to a place called "Kindergarten."
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader LG 3.5 0.5 108441.
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Call Number
JP Har
JP Har

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The animals in the barn are in a tizzy. Tommy didn't show up at his usual time! The dog tells them Tommy is gone-a big yellow bus took him to a place called kindergarten. "Where is kindergarten?" they exclaim. "What will happen to Tommy there? Will he ever come back?!"

Eventually Tommy bursts into the barn with tales of all he learned in kindergarten including- A is for apple, B is for biscuit, C is for corn, and D is for dandelions (the treats he brings for each animal), and everyone is happy Tommy is going to school.

A charming, tender story that's sure to reassure any child heading to kindergarten and everyone waiting at home to hear all about it.

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Reviews 5

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-When the youngster who normally visits the barn every morning fails to appear, the animals are left to wonder what happened to him. The dog tells them that Tommy went "to a place called Kindergarten," but that was all he knew. Will the boy ever come back from there? After a long wait and much speculation, Tommy returns to tell them about his day and introduce them to the letters A through D. The story unfolds slowly and suffers from lack of action. Its structure is fairly sophisticated for the intended audience as most of the action happens out of sight. Instead of seeing the child in school, readers see the animals waiting for him and talking among themselves (with the recurring aside that "If you'd been there, listening in, it would probably have sounded like this: `NAYCluckMOObaa-.'"). Karas's illustrations, done in his trademark sketchy style and in fairly muted colors, do little to lighten the trudging pace of this quiet story. Tales about barnyard animals and about kindergarten abound, and this one fails to separate itself from the pack.-Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this endearing story from the team behind I Like Where I Am, a boy named Tommy fails to show up at the barn one morning to deliver his daily dose of treats and affection. Four worried animals-a cow, sheep, horse and hen-decide to find out why. The bewildering answer from the farm dog causes quite a stir. "Kindergarten! Where's that?... What does it look like?... Will he ever come back?" The text provides a comical reverse translation: "(If you'd been there, eavesdropping, it would have sounded something like this: `BaabaabaabaamoomoomoomooCluckcluckcluckclucknaynaynaynay')." Their anxious repartee continues until the arrival of a yellow school bus. An ebullient, paint-spattered Tommy announces, "I've been to Kindergarten!... And I learned lots!" His newly acquired knowledge meshes nicely with the alphabetized treats he bestows ("B is for biscuit! That's for you!" he says to the sheep). The artwork's warm golden hues and soft edges reflect the gentleness and mutual respect between boy and animals, and the overheard dialogue between the barnyard residents will invite youngsters to chime in with the baas and moos. Tommy's enthusiasm for his first day of school, wrapped within this story of friendship, will send a reassuring message to would-be kindergartners. Ages 4-up. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

When Tommy fails to visit his barnyard animal friends (horse, sheep, hen, and cow) at his usual time, they begin to worry. Finally, though, Tommy comes back and excitedly clears up the mystery: ""'I've been to KINDERGARTEN!' he announced. 'And I learned LOTS!'"" Both the gentle story and the childlike art are infused with humor, and Tommy's enthusiasm about school is infectious. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Review

A perennial topic gets a new perspective in Harper's latest. The animals in the barn are all aflutter when Tommy fails to come for his morning visit. When the Dog tells them Tommy has gone to a place called Kindergarten, their worried questions reflect the fears of all those left behind at the start of school. "Where is Kindergarten? What does it look like? What will happen to Tommy there? Will he ever come back?" Their actions that day will also be familiar to younger siblings--and anxious Moms--watching out the window, pacing and listening for that special footstep. Reassurance comes that afternoon with Tommy's visit. As he teaches them what he has learned, the animals see that Kindergarten is a great place--for them, too. There is a country feel to the muted tones of Karas's illustrations. The animals' facial expressions and body language will evoke empathy in listeners, while their translated questions will produce laughter. A must for those awaiting the return of their own kindergartener. (Picture book. 3-8) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

PreS-K. The farmyard animals cannot understand why Tommy has not come for his morning visit. Then the dog tells them that Tommy has gone in a yellow bus to a place called kindergarten. What's that? What will happen to Tommy there? When Tommy comes home at last, he tells the animals all about it: "I learned lots," he says, and he teaches them letters of the alphabet, a new song, and more. The team that created I Like Where I Am0 (2003) offers another humorous, comforting story. Tommy serves as a reassuring model, and there's plenty of gentle farmyard fun, with Karas' warm colored-pencil illustrations showing Tommy teaching his friends the wonderful stuff he is learning. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2006 Booklist