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On My Way to School

Written By: Sarah Maizes
Illustrated By: Michael Paraskevas

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On My Way to School


Livi imagines herself as an elephant, a Sherpa leading an expedition up Mount Everest, and a movie star signing autographs as she tries to avoid going to school.

Rating: 5 *****

Maizes offers fantastic insight into why it takes kids so very long in getting ready to go to school. A great book to discuss routine and getting going.

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Buzz

Written By: Janet S. Wong
Illustrated By: Margaret Chodos-Irvine

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Buzz


As Mommy and Daddy begin their day and get ready for work, a child observes this morning routine at home as well as the buzzing of a busy bee outside the window.

Rating: 5 *****

A great story for kids starting a new morning routine or having trouble with the existing one. Buzz observes all of the traditional morning sounds such as Dad’s electric razor to the toaster binging. A nice way to start a discussion about what sounds your home makes in the morning and any your child would like to hear or could start noticing.

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Eloise

By Kay Thompson

Eloise
Reviewed by Children’s Book List

“I am Eloise/I am six.” So begins the well-loved story of Eloise, the garrulous little girl who lives at New York’s Plaza Hotel. Eyebrow raised defiantly, arm propped on one jutting hip, Eloise is a study in self-confidence. Eloise’s personal mandate is “Getting bored is not allowed,” so she fills her days to the brim with wild adventures and self-imposed responsibilities. An average Eloise afternoon includes braiding her pet turtle’s ears, ordering “one roast-beef bone, one raisin and seven spoons” from room service, and devising innovative methods of torture for her guardians.

Rating: 4 ****

I’m not sure if this was a commentary on residents of the Plaza and how horrible they are, but that’s what it seemed like. I felt bad for this little girl who obviously was lonely and whose parents weren’t around. It’s actually rather sad.

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Lucky Socks

By Carrie Weston

Lucky Socks

All week Kevin suffered a string of bad luck, but when he wears his yellow socks on Friday everything goes great. Can the socks actually be lucky?

Rating: *****

If you’ve ever had trouble getting your children dressed when their favorite item is dirty this book is for you.

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I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed

By Lauren Child

I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed

Night owl Lola likes to stay up coloring and scribbling and wriggling and bouncing and chattering. Lola never gets tired. How can big brother Charlie convince her it’s time for bed?

Rating: ****

This book was much better than I thought it was going to be. The illustrations are very detailed and cleaver. And the girl, Lola is not as bad as the title makes her seem, she just has a routine.

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Queenie One of the Family

By Bob Graham

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Queenie One of the Family

Caitlin and her parents rescue a hen from a lake, name her, and take her home with them, but even after they return her to the farm where she lives, her presence is still felt in Caitlin’s family.

Rating: ****

A month later my preschooler is still talking about Queenie. She definitely made an impact.

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Pumpkin Soup

By Helen Cooper

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Pumpkin Soup

What’s cooking in the old white cabin? Pumpkin Soup. The best you ever tasted! Made by the Cat who slices up the pumpkin. Made by the Squirrel who stirs in the water. Made by the Duck who scoops up the salt, and tips in just enough. But one day the Duck wants to stir. Then there is trouble, a horrible squabble, and the Duck waddles away.In this funny, observant, and highly original story, three animal companions discover the ups and downs of friendship and sharing, and what really makes the Pumpkin Soup taste so good.

Rating: *****

A great book to talk about sharing, job roles and even responsibilities and friendships.

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The Tub People

By Pam Conrad

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The Tub People

During an unseen child’s bath time, the seven members of a wooden toy family ride on the floating soap and compete in swimming races. But after the near loss of the Tub Child down the drain, they are all reunited on a warm bed, where they mountain climb on the ridges formed by soft quilts.

Rating: ****

As you’ve found out from your preschooler children love routine and so do The Tub People. After every bath they’re lined up in a row in the same places every night. Until something changes. This is a nice book because it opens the discussion for change in routine and ends with everything working out well.

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