Could author Mike Ornstein actually be a pirate? I’m thinking yes! His ease with Pirate-ese makes this dialogue-rich story a comical treasure that will have kids “Harrr, harrr, harrr-ing” at every twist and turn in the book—and lucky for them, there’s a whole loot of those. Scrumptious words like “blubberin’, hornswogglin’, landlubbers,” and “blue-footed booby bird” as well as a liberal sprinkling of rrrrs make this book a joyful read- aloud that kids will clamor to participate in. Nuggets of reassurance about “rrrespect,” admitting fears and worries, and enjoying school are pure gold.
Kevin M. Barry’s wide-eyed, rakish kids and scallywag of a bus driver are the perfect companions on this hilarious journey to the first day of kindergarten. The school bus—a wooden jalopy with porthole windows, a ship’s wheel steering wheel, and a teddy bear jolly roger—comes to a tipping point when the pirate’s beloved Polly flies the coop. As the pirate dramatically looks to the skies and admits his bravado, the kids—skeptical, astonished, and empathetic—look on. While one curly-haired little girl reassures the pirate, the other kids channel their own bravery and get ready to have a fun day at school. Readers will love the expressive faces, small details (a fish-skeleton belt buckle, a girl’s “I Got This” t-shirt), and, of course, ruffled Polly. “Kindergarrrten Bus” is a rip-roarin’ yarn with a heart of gold that will get kids and grown-ups laughing and talking about feelings, fears, and the fact that everyone gets scared sometimes. A go-to book for fun story times and moments when a little more encouragement is needed, Kindergarrrten Bus would be a favorite on home and classroom bookshelves.
Ages 5 – 8
Sleeping Bear Press, 2018 | ISBN 978-1585363988
Pair with the #printable Sail for Pirate Treasure Maze included in the post.
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Fall has not shown up here in Iowa yet, but that is just making me more and more excited for when it decides to appear. I joined my friends in a blog hop to offer fall printables and there are so many I want to print off! .
I have said it many times - fall is my favorite time of year so I want to make sure we enjoy it fully. A bucket list is something we have done for so many seasons and fall is no exception. As years go by, we get busier and busier with the kids’ schedules but I am hoping to cross a lot of the things off the fall list this year. .
I would love to have you stop by the blog mycreativedays.com to get this printable and all the others shared in this hop. .
My little tip for bucket lists is to put them in a frame so you can use it like a dry erase board as you cross things off. Then, you can reuse them year after year. .
Now, who is ready for fall?! .
I hope your Wednesday is off to a roaring start and face paced to take you into the weekend! It’s hump day! 🏎💨 my oldest son @thedrewwood has lots of collectible cars and they were used in this party for decor for my Mr (their daddy)! Miss Sunshine, my daughter @cjordanwood did a fabulous job styling this party! 🤗 clickable link in bio and all the deets on the blog to shop this printable collection! It’s one of my favorites! #milestonebirthday
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