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Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? 1 Edition
Contributor(s): Vernick, Audrey, Jennewein, Daniel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 006176275X     ISBN-13: 9780061762758
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
    OUR PRICE: $15.30  
Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: June 2010
Annotation: Although kindergarten provides unique challenges for a young buffalo, he learns that one who follows the rules and tries his best will get along fine, in a heartwarming look at first-day-of-school jitters. 40,000 first printing.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Kindergarten; Fiction.
Buffaloes; Fiction.
Schools; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Mammals
- Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2009011841
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 12.00" H x 9.25" W x 0.50" (0.85 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 139066
Reading Level: 2.5   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring)
Though he's hairier than everyone else and too big for the swings, Buffalo successfully navigates kindergarten. He gets over his shyness, fear of scissors, and temptation to improperly use his horns by following the rules and remembering that everyone is different. Expressive childlike drawings illustrate this playful take on the first-day-of-school-jitters story. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2010 July #4)

"Some people say kindergarten is no place for a buffalo. How crazy is that?" So begins this humorous story about standing out in order to fit in. A buffalo doesn't look, eat, or act like anyone else, but it's his differences that make him so lovable ("who can resist that furry face?"). This story's simple lesson about individuality is cleverly expressed through Vernick's gentle wit and Jennewein's crayon-outlined kindergartners--most of all, the furry and ungainly reader surrogate with whom kids will readily relate, even if "he may the only one who eats grass, then throws it up in his mouth and eats it again. Remember: Everyone's special in his or her own way." Ages 4–8. (July)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 June)

PreS-K—As the title indicates, this is a silly book about the first day of kindergarten with one's own buffalo. The analogy here is that kids react and behave differently, and that there is a place for all of them in school. The story prompts readers to remind the buffalo that finger painting is fun and it's okay to get messy; those hooves could create a masterpiece. Buffaloes (and children) learn how to get along without using their horns. "Cooperating and taking turns are both Very Big Deals in kindergarten." This wacky picture book, with its bold cartoonlike illustrations of a buffalo that snorts, dances, and makes faces, may help apprehensive youngsters to be more at ease about going to school. "Everyone's special in his or her own way. That's the kind of thing you learn in kindergarten." Vernick's amusing tale will prove handy as a first-day-of-school book recommendation for children and teachers alike.—Lindsay Persohn, Crystal Lake Elementary, Lakeland, FL

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