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

Describes, in text and illustrations, the many different modes of transportation children all over the world use to get to school.
Reading Level:
360 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.2 0.5 23612.
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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.

Reviews 3

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

Children all over the world go to school, but how they get there varies greatly. In the first part of this book, American students are shown en route to school on foot and on roller skates, in a school bus and in cars. Bjorkman's pictures are playful, and Baer's rhymed couplets are pleasant, if uninspired. (``Liz and Larry, as a rule, / wear their jogging shoes to school.'') But when the scope broadens to include youngsters from other countries, both the verses and the illustrations become considerably more compelling. Children are seen traveling to school by vaporetto and helicopter, on cross-country skis, by train and double-decker bus, in a small skiff. Although the book provides an appealing global panorama, it might have been more informative--and less cumbersome--had the specific location of the students' homes been indicated on each page. Instead, readers must turn to a list at the end of the book to learn where each child lives. Nevertheless, children will enjoy taking a look at the differences--and the similarities--between their lives and those of their contemporaries in all lands. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) (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.