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The Twelve Days of Kindergarten: A Counting Bookby Deborah Lee Rose
Synopses & Reviews
The students were squirming
but none made a sound,
as the spelling bee entered
its championship round.
Itand#8217;s right before recess, and the annual school spelling bee is down to just three spellers: Cornelius the Genius, Smart Ruby, and The Slugger, who never strikes out. Round after round, the words whizz at them, but with one minute left until recess, thereand#8217;s still no winner. Who will triumph? It all comes down to one final word, and a curveball that no one sees coming!
Deborah Lee Roseand#8217;s clever rhyming text packs a laugh-out-loud wallop with words that young readers will enjoy spelling and reading aloud again and again. Fun and whimsical illustrations by Carey F. Armstrong-Ellis provide the perfect balance of humor and suspense as readers find out whether The Slugger will hit a grand slam or finally strike out.
The book includes three spelling lists that can be used for spelling bees at home, in school, at the library, or for community events. An authorand#8217;s note describes why and how words were chosen.
Praise for The Spelling Bee Before Recess
"I enjoyed and laughed my way through this epic spelling bee story."
"Cute characters, lively rhymes, ample word lists and a good level of dramatic tension bolster the clear message that to succeed, you must understand the meaning of words - not just memorize spellings - and the key to that isand#160;reading."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"Colorful, expressive illustrations support the excitement and anticipation created through the text. This story will fill a need in school libraries for books about spelling, vocabulary, sportsmanship, and school community-building."
--School Library Journal
"The bookand#8217;s potentially static topic yields some dynamic, imaginative illustrations, created using ink, gouache, and colored pencils in a quirky style that suits the storyand#8217;s tone quite well. A lively picture book."
"Fun-filled illustrations bring this book to life. A vocabulary list at the end of the book emphasizes the importance of learning words and reading. This is a great addition to any library."
--Library Media Connection
A hilarious introduction to kindergarten that also serves as a counting exercise.
Ten creepy monsters met andrsquo;neath a gnarled pine.
One blew away,
And then there were nine.
And so the countdown begins . . . A mummy, a witch, a ghost, a werewolf, a vampire, and others all gather, but one by one their crowd diminishes. At last there is only one creepy monster left. But what kind of monster is it?
Squeals of laughter are sure to accompany the reading of this book from bestselling illustrator Carey F. Armstrong-Ellis, as 10 creepy monsters set out for fun.
Praise for Ten Creepy Monsters
andquot;Armstrong-Ellis injects just the right amount of humor into her portrayals of the ghoulish bunch, keeping the tone appropriately light.andquot;
andquot;Generously detailed acrylics provide a touch of nefarious charm, while a tender surprise ending should gratify trick-or-treaters.andquot;
andquot;Fun for Halloween or for counting anytime.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journal
andquot;Armstrong-Ellisandrsquo; textured images, full of spooky spirit and clever detail, add to the fun. A happy Halloween outing.andquot;
andquot;With rich language and a delightfully dark nighttime palette, this pleasing rhyme begs to be acted out or performed with puppets. The illustrations are appropriately ghoulish.andquot;
andquot;A perfect Halloween read-aloud but a great way to relieve malaise on any day, this picture book also helps young readers learn to count as the monsters fall by the wayside in gruesome fashion.andquot;
andmdash;Reading Today Online
andquot;Author/artist Carey F. Armstrong-Ellis clearly had fun crafting this silly, lighthearted Halloween tale of monsters who disappearandhellip;andquot;
andmdash;The Seattle Times
andquot;Carey F. Armstrong-Ellis delivers a delightful rhyming lesson in subtraction.andquot;
"On the first day of kindergarten, my teacher gave to me...the whole alphabet from A to Z!" Drawing on the rhythm and rich repetition of the familiar carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas," The Twelve Days of Kindergarten is a welcoming introduction to school. Upbeat text celebrates the new adventure of school, and hilariously detailed illustrations showcase kindergarteners that every child, teacher, and parent will recognize with glee. Youngsters will enjoy singing along as the teacher's gifts accumulate, building to the twelfth day-the day the new students settle in and discover they love school!
As an added bonus, The Twelve Days of Kindergarten teaches both cardinal (one, two, three) and ordinal (first, second, third) numbers.
About the Author
Deborah Lee Rose has seen her own children through the exhilarating, exhausting first days of kindergarten. She is an internationally published author whose award-winning books are among the New York Public Library's 100 Books to Read and Share. She lives near San Francisco. Carey Armstrong-Ellis learned to color within the lines during kindergarten, and it has been working for her ever since. Her first book was Prudy's Problem and How She Solved It, hailed as "an impressive debut... from a breakout talent" by Publishers Weekly. She lives in Cape Neddick, ME.
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