We Love Our School!

A Read-Together Rebus Story

By Judy Sierra; Linda Davick (Illustrator)
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375867286, 24pp.

Publication Date: June 28, 2011

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Description
This picture book about the first day of school, featuring a frog, a duck, a mouse, and a snail, combines a story in rhyme with colorful graphic rebuses, making it a fun book for parent and child to share in the reading. Children about to enter kindergarten or first grade who long to be able to read will get a sense of accomplishment by "reading" the little rebus pictures in the story. Judy Sierra, author of "Wild About Books," uses bouncy rhyme and rhythm as cues for the child to name the pictogram rebuses. Preschoolers will enjoy following the animals and their teacher, Tom Burkey (who is a turkey), through a happy first day of school.



About the Author
Judy Sierra is the author of many award-winning books for children including the bestsellers "Antarctic Antics", illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey; "Wild About Books", illustrated by Marc Brown; and "The Secret Science Project that Almost Ate the School", illustrated by Stephen Gammell. Sierra holds a PhD in folklore and mythology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is renowned for her retellings of traditional tales. She lives with her husband in Northern California. Visit her online at JudySierra.net.Linda Davick is the illustrator of several picture books, including the "New York Times" bestseller "10 Trick-or-Treaters" written by Janet Schulman and her own "Say Hello! "and "I Love You, Nose! I Love You, Toes!". She lives in San Francisco in a one-hundred-year-old house by the sea.



Praise For We Love Our School!

"This is a simple but thoroughly charming little gem of a book. While the story line covers no new ground–four animals enjoy typical school activities–the presentation raises it to the next level. For one thing, Sierra has told the tale in effortless rhyme. For another, the rebus format makes it a perfect lap-sit choice with a parent or caregiver reading the words and a child “reading” the easily decipherable pictures. The illustrations . . . are bright and cheerful and should have considerable appeal for the new-to-school set."
- School Library Journal

"Just right for new kindergartners and preschoolers who cannot yet read words, this is one school story that they will be able to help in reading. The draw of Sierra’s latest is the rhyming verse that is interspersed with rebus pictures, allowing children to chime in and participate in the telling . . . Davick’s brightly colored digital illustrations show all the quintessential elements of school—from the playground and bus outside to the decorations and supplies inside. Throughout, kindness, sharing and being helpful are modeled by the anthropomorphized cartoon animals in both the artwork and the nursery-rhyme cadences. A comforting and empowering build-up to the big day—kindergarten (or preschool), here we come!
- Kirkus Reviews

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