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Ready or Not, Woolbur Goes to School!
Contributor(s): Helakoski, Leslie, Lee, Harper (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0061366579     ISBN-13: 9780061366574
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: June 2018
Annotation: A happy and excited Woolbur embarks on his first day of school while his apprehensive Maa and Paa receive assurances from the teacher that all will be well, a situation that leads to a day of new friends, new experiences and Woolbur's woolly exuberance. By the creator of Big Pigs.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
First day of school; Fiction.
Sheep; Fiction.
Individuality; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | New Experience
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Farm Animals
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2018109450
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.25" H x 9.50" W x 0.50" (0.90 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 June #1)

The fiercely independent sheep introduced in Woolbur starts school in this infectious follow-up. On the first day of class, Woolbur prepares excitedly: he accents the wild spikes of wool on his head with red yarn, and he dons his bumblebee backpack. "Let's go!" he exclaims. Woolbur tackles each new experience with aplomb. When classmates express doubt or anxiety throughout the day, Woolbur exuberantly chimes in with the refrain "Isn't it great?" ("?‘I can wait my turn,' said Woolbur./ ‘But there are so many of us,' said Llama/... ‘I know,' said Woolbur./ ‘Isn't it great?'?"). His enthusiasm catches on, leaving the friendly-faced animals of Barnyard Elementary smiling and eager to return. Mixed-media digital collage art captures the energy of the school day, as well as Woolbur's cozy environment at home, underscoring the story's upbeat, encouraging tone. Ages 4–8. (June)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 August)

PreS-K—Woolbur is a little sheep whose enthusiasm for life and all its unexpected challenges cannot be tamed, much like his wild wool hairstyle. He confidently asserts on the first day of school, "Let's go!" while his parents wonder if he's really ready. When he draws his name his own way, or paints outside the lines, his parents, teacher, and classmates often seem confused or worried, but he responds cheerfully, "I know, isn't it great?" This encouraging refrain makes him a terrific role model in the class when his fellow farm animals have trouble waiting their turn or when they worry that the cafeteria grass might taste different than it does at home. At the end of the day, he returns home on the bus and asks his Ma if she's ready for "A home-again kiss!" Harper's illustrations lend humor and authenticity to the feelings of Woolbur's classmates while showcasing his jubilant spirit. VERDICT In a long list of appealing back-to-school books, this one really makes the grade.—Jenna Boles, Greene County Public Library, Beavercreek, OH

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