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Title:
Off to school, Baby Duck
Author:
Hest, Amy.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 32 cm
Summary:
Baby Duck experiences the fear of the first day of school, but with a little help from Grampa, everything turns out okay in the end.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 100 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.0 0.5 65069.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.9 1 Quiz: 20197 Guided reading level: I.
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ISBN:
9780763602444
Format :
Book

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"Hest and Barton treat their subject with understanding, compassion, and gentle humor... Don't miss out on this one." --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)

It's the first day of kindergarten and Baby Duck's stomach is all jitters. She loves the important things inside her new school bag: her favorite book, a jam sandwich, a pad of paper, and a yellow pencil. But what if her teacher is mean? What if she won't have any fun? Or any friends? And who will buckle her new school shoes? As always, Grandpa Duck knows just what to say and do to help Baby Duck feel braver.


From the Trade Paperback edition.


Author Notes

Children's book author Amy Hest was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a children's librarian in the New York Public Library system and in the children's book publishing industry. She has written over thirty children's books, many of which included family and intergenerational themes. She is a three-time winner of the Christopher Medal and a winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. Baby Duck is a trailblazer of sorts, showing young children what it will be like when they become siblings or have to face a challenge such as wearing glasses. Now, Baby Duck is on her way to school, and she's not happy about it. Despite the fact that she has a new school bag containing a fresh pad and yellow pencil, she isn't sure she wants to take the leap into scholarship. As usual, it is a talk with Grandfather that helps her make the transition, especially as he encourages her to voice her fears in a song: "Please don't make me go to school. / My teacher will be mean. / I won't have any fun or friends. / And who will buckle my shoe?" A nice teacher, a new friend, and the promise that her family will be waiting when school is out, prompt a new, happier song. There are many books about starting school, but like You're the Boss, Baby Duck (1998),which dealt with the arrival of a new baby, familiar situations seem new, fresh, and very real when Baby is in the middle of them. It is amazing how Hest can delineate a character so completely with so few words--as when Grandfather tells Baby she sings nice songs, and Baby immodestly agrees, "Yes. I do." As in the previous books, Barton's big, friendly pictures in an oversize format warm the text. Baby Duck continues to be a terrific combination of sugar and spice. --Ilene Cooper


Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Apprehensive Baby Duck is helped through an intimidating new experience by her loving family in this reassuring remedy for first-day jitters. (Sept.) (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1 Baby Duck's new adventure uses the now-familiar format to handle a common childhood fear with uncommon grace and humor. Baby is understandably nervous on the first day of school, even though her mother assures her that she is "big and brave." Her parents and little sister blithely lead the way to school, as she drags behind. Baby's ever-attentive Grampa waits in the schoolyard, ready as always with just the right questions and confidence boosts she needs. As she shows him all the important things in her school bag, her worries begin to melt away. Grampa even double-checks a few things with the teacher, Miss Posy: "Are you mean? Do you sing songs in that schoolhouse? Do you like sandwiches with jam, and yellow pencils?" And so, fears allayed, Baby Duck skips off to school. Hest and Barton treat their subject with understanding, compassion, and gentle humor. The large, bright pictures make this an ideal storytime book, and the detailed expressions make the characters' emotions from Baby's initial hesitation to Grampa's careful listening come to life. No matter how many going-to-school books you already have, don't miss out on this one. Kathleen M. Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, Eldersburg, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.