Friday, September 13, 2013

PPBF: Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?

TitleIs Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?
Author/Illustrator: Audrey Vernick/ Daniel Jennewein
Publisher/Date: Balzer & Bray/2010
Genre/Audience: Fiction/Ages 4-8
Themes: Kindergarten, First Day of School, Making Friends

"Some people say kindergarten is no place for a buffalo. How crazy is that?"

Synopsis: (from book jacket)

Your buffalo is growing up. He plays with friends. He shares his toys. He's smart! But is he ready for kindergarten? (And is kindergarten ready for him?) 

Why I Love This Book

This book is a unique take on a timeless subject. What jittery kindergartener wouldn't crack a smile at the idea of a buffalo in her class? With humor, Audrey Vernick explores the anxiety of the new student: How do I make friends? Will someone laugh if I’m not good at using scissors? Will the other kids share? Buffalo discovers that "Everyone's special in his or her own way." This book made me smile all the way through. I’d love to hear how this book is received in your house if you have a new kindergartener! 

Do you have a family pet? Imagine with your child what it would be like if her pet went to school with her!

Curriculum Guide

Painting Activities for Kids

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  1. What a fun and lovely choice to begin the school year with. Also seems to address the subject about whether a child is ready to attend kindergarten, as well as the first day jitters. Sounds like a winner. Like the curriculum guide for the book and activities.

  2. I don't have a young one anymore, but I loved this one!

  3. What a perfect choice for the first PPBF of autumn! I just love books like this that make something kids might find a little intimidating seem silly and fun and not so scary. Great resources too!

  4. I keep meaning to place this one on order at the library. I love Buffalo's expression on the cover. Great choice for back to school!

  5. Love your pick for September back to PPBF writing and showing. This sounds like the perfect pick for a kindergartner starting school and for the start of PPBF.

  6. Ooooh, I've seen this one in the library and thought it looked like such fun -- now I know it's not only fun, but a great way to help kidlets deal with those scared-of-kindergarten feelings. Thanks, Laura!

  7. what a great "going to school" book. Thanks for sharing.

  8. This looks great!! I went with my girl Brenna on her 1st day of school in Glen Rose. It kept some of her fears at bay. I love going to school. I'll have to check this one out! Thanks!

  9. Even the title made me smile and now I MUST find this...sounds too cute to ignore.