Schoolies: My School Day

Ellen Crimi-Trent. Macmillan/Priddy, $14.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-312-51607-9
Crimi-Trent’s Schoolies brand jumps to print as digitally rendered cartoon animals coach readers through a typical day in busy, glossy spreads. A clock appears on the foldout cover, encouraging readers to adjust the hands to match the smaller clocks that appear throughout the spiralbound book. Starting with a morning routine, upbeat characters including Spencer Owl, Kitty, and Suzy Snail model how to get ready for school, while sidebars invite participation: “Can you match the foods on their tables to the pictures and name their breakfast foods?” School activities include alphabet, counting, and color lessons, as well as lunch, recess, and story time. Even “home time” (at 3:00) is carefully delineated as the Schoolies ride the school bus. A reassuring, hands-on toolbox for readers adjusting to the world away from home. Five additional school-themed titles launch simultaneously. Ages 3–6. (June)
Reviewed on: 05/06/2013
Release date: 06/11/2013
Genre: Children's
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