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Clothesline clues to the first day of school
2019
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Spot A+ clues on the clothesline to identify all the people who make starting school so much fun! A follow-up to Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do and Clothesline Clues to Sports People Play, the clues in each lively verse can be spotted hanging from the clotheslines. From teacher to custodian, from crossing guard to new friends, who wears what?
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School Library Journal Review
PreS-Gr 1--What friendly faces will be encountered on a child's first day of school? Look at the clotheslines to find out! As the title indicates, clothing and accessories hang from clotheslines throughout this book. Readers are given pages of textual and visual clues alternating with the reveal of the character described in their expected environment. For example, "Raincoat and warm gloves,/a hat and stop sign, too./Safety vest and badge./Who wants to meet you?/Your crossing guard!" Other clothesline clues reveal a teacher, cafeteria worker, custodian, gym teacher, art teacher, and new friends. The predictability and welcoming nature of each segment will help young children find comfort in the story as they are faced with the potentially nerve-wracking introduction to school. A variety of children and adults are depicted in the images, adding inclusivity and connectedness to the story that is not directly stated by the text. Every illustration gives readers the opportunity to name recognizable objects and places, enhancing the readability of this book. VERDICT Whether readers are entering school for the first time or are old pros, all will enjoy the guessing game and overall message of this lovely story. --Mary Lanni, formerly of Denver Public Library
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Who will greet the children on the first day of school? On her way there, a girl passes clotheslines holding clothing and other items indicating the staff members they represent. The double-page spreads come in pairs. The first offers a set of visual clues, while four rhythmic, rhyming lines of text challenge children to guess the answer. Raincoat and warm gloves, / a hat and stop sign, too. / Safety vest and badge. / Who wants to meet you? A turn of the page reveals the answer, in this case, Your crossing guard! and an illustration showing her in action. While the verse text could be smoother, the concept works well. The simple, brightly colored, digital pictures are as cheerful as the staff and the students at this bustling elementary school. The illustrator depicts characters of diverse abilities and skin tones and avoids gender stereotypes. Like the other two entries in the Clothesline Clues series, this picture book invites audience participation. A good read-aloud choice, especially during that first week of school.--Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2019 Booklist
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