Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because the idea is totally fun and I think a lot of kids are scared about starting kindergarten.
Theme/Topic- Starting School / Confidence
Opening and Synopsis- (Taken from the inside jacket)
“Today is Liftoff.
‘You are well prepared.’ says Dad.
Mom Counts down.
Into the rocket ship…
The boosters fire, and we launch.
I’m off to
“Publisher’s Summary – This clever picture book will prepare young explorers to boldly go where they have never gone before: Planet Kindergarten. Suit up for a daring adventure as our hero navigates the unknown reaches and alien inhabitants of this strange new world. Hilarious and confidence-boosting, this exciting story will have new kindergarteners ready for liftoff!”
Why I liked this book-
I LOVED this book! It’s all about a kid pretending to go on a space mission to a strange new world – Planet Kindergarten! This is an awesome book to add to your back-to-school list. If you are a kindergarten or pre-school teacher or if you have kids that are going to start kindergarten, I recommend this book. Starting school or going somewhere different can be pretty scary. I love how Ms. Ganz-Schmitt uses imagination and pretend play to help her character overcome his fears. It is great how Ms. Ganz-Schmitt relates everything that happens (or could happen) on the first day of kindergarten to a space adventure. For example when the boy meets the “Commander” she tells everyone how gravity works different on Planet Kindergarten and everyone must work really hard to stay in their seats – funny! 🙂 The book shows that starting kindergarten can be scary but it is a fabulous and fun adventure too. Shane Prigmore’s illustrations are perfect for the story. Just look at one –
Activities and Resources-
I think pretend play is a great idea to get a kid over fears of doing something new like going to kindergarten. A great activity to get a kid ready for school is just what the author did in this book. Pretend play kindergarten with your kids to help them know what to expect.
Visit the classroom early (teachers are there before school starts). I know my sister got scared about school and her teacher let my mom take her to visit the school to show her around and see everything before school started.
The I Can Teach My Child blog has a great resource on how to prepare your kid for Kindergarten. Click HERE to get it.
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To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!