Tuesday, August 02, 2011

The Teacher, Tom Burkey, A Very Nice Turkey

the teacher, Tom Burkey, a guitar-wielding turkey

Today the School Library Journal ran a fun review of Judy's and my book, We Love Our School!

If you're like me and hate to click on links within a post, here's the scoop:

In Judy Sierra and Linda Davick's fun-to-share rebus story, vivacious verses and popsicle-hued pictures reveal the satisfying first-day experiences of a group of eager animals. After hurrying to their classroom (via sailboat, skateboard, and truck), being greeted by a kind teacher (Tom Burkey, a guitar-wielding turkey), and taking part in an assortment of educational activities and games, these enthusiastic new students are ready to wholeheartedly declare, We Love Our School! (Knopf, 2011; PreS-Gr 1).

Glimpses at realistic routines are provided along with the touches of humor, keeping the presentation pertinent but light. The picture clues in the text and the consistent rhyme scheme will encourage youngsters to chime in when the book is read aloud, generating a mood of jovial participation and promoting pre-reading listening and decoding skills.