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Goodbye Brings Hello
Contributor(s): White, Dianne, Wiseman, Daniel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0544798759     ISBN-13: 9780544798755
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: June 2018
Annotation: A vibrantly illustrated, gift-book celebration of life's big and small milestones shares gently empowering messages about saying goodbye to former times in order to welcome new experiences. By the award-winning author of Blue on Blue. 20,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Stories in rhyme.
Change; Fiction.
Self-reliance; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | New Experience
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Self-esteem & Self-reliance
- Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2017011816
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.25" H x 9.25" W x 0.50" (0.80 lbs) 40 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 May)

PreS-K—This ode to growing up follows a diverse group of preschoolers as they change and learn in the days leading up to their first day of school. One by one, the kids are shown learning new skills such as tying shoes, riding a two-wheel bike, or learning to swim. Others are shown experiencing firsts such as getting a haircut and flying on an airplane. The ending shows the individual kids coming together at the bus stop for their first day of school. The rhyming text lends itself to being read aloud. On a spread showing a girl trying on shoes with laces, the text reads, "Loop the laces. Knot the bows. So long, Velcro-covered toes." The brightly colored, naive-style illustrations add a cheerful positivity to the book. The expressions on the children's faces change from uncertainty, fear, or determination to proud smiles with their accomplishments. VERDICT While there is no shortage of first day of school books or books about childhood milestones, this title combines the topics in a simple, upbeat way. A good addition for larger collections.—Kimberly Tolson, Millis Public Library, MA

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