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Title:
This is the way we go to school
Author:
Baer, Edith.
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, [1990]

©1990
Summary:
Describes, in text and illustrations, the many different modes of transportation children all over the world use to get to school.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
360 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.2 0.5 23612.
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ISBN:
9780590431613
Format :
Book

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Describes, in text and illustrations, the many different modes of transportation children all over the world use to get to school.


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Booklist Review

Ages 4-7. Rhymed couplets tell how children around the world get to school, as in "Michael and his friend Miguel / see the rooftops from the El" or "Bicycles bring Mei and Ling / through the traffic of Nanjing." The illustrator of Levine's I Hate English [BKL D 1 89], Bjorkman here uses the same breezy style of jaunty line drawings and bright watercolor washes that gave Levine's book its immediate appeal. Some of the illustrations stretch across double-page spreads, while others appear individually on facing pages. Occasionally two different scenes bleed into the same gutter, creating a bit of visual confusion that could have been avoided. At the end, a section called "This Is Where We Live" identifies the children's home towns or countries, and the simplified world map enables readers to locate the places. Brief study of the map raises the question of why, out of the 23 locales represented, none are in South America. However, with the growing emphasis in schools on multicultural awareness, the book's simplicity and upbeat mood will make it a good choice for preschool and primary grade teachers wanting to introduce children to the global village. ~--Carolyn Phelan


Publisher's Weekly Review

Jaunty rhymed couplets tell this informative, international tale about youngsters' diverse conveyances to the groves of academe. Ages 3-7. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1 --With the opening couplet, ``One by one or two by two--/ come along, it's fun to do!,'' children are treated to a lively, lyrical peek into the world beyond Hometown, U. S. A. Each page (or, predominantly, double-page) shows and tells how children from very different cultures travel to school. The scope is broad, ranging from the desert sands of Egypt to Switzerland's snowy peaks. The exuberant watercolor washes (reminiscent of James Stevenson's style) complement each page's rhyming text, overflow with joy and motion, and add a visual zest that keeps the pages turning. The final bonus is two-fold. One single page lists the children's names from the story and tells where they live, e.g., ``Niels and Solveig live in Norway.'' Following this is a world map with the children's countries shown. What fun to share the enthusiasm and questioning this book (a first for this age group) will generate. This book deserves a prominent place at home, at schools, and in the library because the total result is an ultimate example of excellence in education. --Mary Lou Budd, Milford South Elementary School, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.