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 I got the school spirit
 Author: Schofield-Morrison, Connie

 Publisher:  Bloomsbury Children's Books (2020)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 788358 ISBN: 9781547602612
 Ages: 3-6 Grades: K-1

 First day of school -- Fiction
 School stories
 Enthusiasm -- Fiction
 African Americans -- Fiction

Price: $21.58

As a new school year begins, a young girl is filled with school spirit as she zips her book bag shut, rides the bus, enjoys her classes, and eagerly anticipates the next day.

 Illustrator: Morrison, Frank
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 1.40
   Points: .5   Quiz: 510351

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (06/01/20)
   School Library Journal (07/01/20)
   Booklist (05/01/20)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 05/01/2020 The husband-and-wife team that created I Got the Rhythm (2014) and I Got the Christmas Spirit (2018) return with another adorable installment in their picture-book series. Starring the same apple-cheeked African American girl, her hair drawn in her signature poofs, this story follows her through her first day of school after summer break, starting with brushing her teeth and getting dressed. The double-page spreads are filled with gorgeous, lifelike illustrations—created with colorful oil paints on canvas—that burst with the girl’s enthusiasm and movements. Each spread features a simple sentence (e.g., “I slip on the spirit in my shiny new shoes”) with an accompanying sound effect (“STOMP, STOMP!”) that makes reading aloud especially fun. Young children will relate to the girl’s anxieties and excitement over for familiar school experiences as she goes through the day, passing her infectious, upbeat spirit to classmates in the process. This joyful offering will be a happy addition to any shelf of back-to-school stories or books dealing with first-day jitters. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 07/01/2020 K-Gr 2—A confident African American girl with two fuzzy ponytails prepares for the first day of school. "I slip on the spirit in my shiny new shoes. STOMP, STOMP!" Eating breakfast, waiting for the bus, comforting a nervous friend, standing straight and tall for attendance, and kicking the ball with super strength at recess are showcased in illustrations of the smiling, wide-eyed, energetic girl. The first-person narrative punctuated by stylized colorful sound words—"zip, zip!" and "Ka-pow!"—adds to the liveliness of the school day, which finishes with the open arms of her mother for a "squish, squeeze!" Realistic oil paintings depict a diverse cast of school classmates and a positive view of the school experience. VERDICT This cheerful and energetic story depicts a girl preparing for and embracing school spirit on her first day and will be a welcome addition for most collections.—Ramarie Beaver, formerly at Plano P.L., TX - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

School Library Journal - 07/01/2020 - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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