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|King of kindergarten|
Author: Barnes, Derrick D.
Instilled with confidence by his parents, a young boy has a great first day of kindergarten.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (06/01/19)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (+) (00/07/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 06/01/2019 This upbeat picture book follows an African American boy through his first day of school, from waking up in the morning to riding the school bus home. Taking hold of his mother’s words that he’ll be the “King of Kindergarten,” the royal metaphor gives him courage throughout the day as he meets new people and situations with bravery and excitement. Each page includes important milestones such as making friends, sharing, playing together, and going through the school day without any major issues, and Brantley-Newton adds clever imaginative details to these familiar scenes (an invisible crown, a chalk dragon, etc.). The illustrations’ bright colors reflect the book’s positive tone as it conveys the joys of growing up, starting school, and learning school routines. This will make an excellent addition to early childhood classrooms, or as a tool to help future kindergarteners understand what a typical school day can look like. Best of all, this story is free of disasters and jitters, making it an affirming choice for children in need of a confidence boost. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.