Lola Goes to School
Lola Goes to School
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Annotation: Lola meets new friends and tries many new things on her fun but exhausting first day of school.
Catalog Number: #184957
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Illustrator: Beardshaw, Rosalind,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-580-89938-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-580-89938-3
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2018033256
Dimensions: 25 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Lola may be starting school for the first time, but after visiting the building and meeting her teacher, she knows what to expect. The night before, she packs her new pencils and water bottle into her bag. She lays out her clothes for tomorrow. In the morning, she and Mommy both go into her classroom. Mommy sits with other parents for a bit before leaving. Meanwhile, Lola reads, plays superheroes, and enjoys a snack. She and three classmates build a castle with blocks, then sit for circle time. Mommy returns, gives Lola a hug, and takes her home for a nap. Illustrated with colorful, lively artwork, this picture book offers a supportive starting place for conversations about preschool or kindergarten. The simplicity of the story and the universality of the experience combine to make this a reassuring choice for children entering a structured school environment for the first time, whether or not they know Lola from other books in the series, such as Lola Plants a Garden (2014) and Lola Gets a Cat (2017).
Kirkus Reviews
After years of everyday joys with McQuinn and Beardshaw's Lola, readers now watch her start school.It "will be a bit like story time at the library, but Lola will stay by herself." The little black girl "knows what to expect" because she's visited the school with her mom. She is prepared with gifts from loved ones—"fun pencils" from Nana, a water bottle from Ty. The night before her "big day," Lola lays out her outfit. In the morning, she tucks her stuffed kitty, Dinah, in her bag and poses for a snapshot. In the classroom, Miss Suzan, a white woman, shows her where to put her things. Lola spends time reading with her friend Julia, who has pale skin and black hair, and then they play dress-up. Her mom sits for a while before saying goodbye. After snack time and more play, there is circle time. Of course, "Lola knows the song and all the motions." Picking Lola up at the end of the day, Mommy hugs her daughter. Beardshaw's soft, slightly smudgy illustrations allow young readers to focus on one cozy moment at a time. Even at this milestone, Lola still appears quite tiny, and the text is no more complex than in previous books, making this a seamless transition from Lola's younger days to her new life in school.Both perfect for Lola fans and likely to earn her ever more readers. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Kirkus Reviews
Word Count: 274
Reading Level: 1.7
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 507039 / grade: Lower Grades
Tomorrow is a big day for Lola. She is starting school! It will be a bit like story time at the library, but Lola will stay by herself.

Lola visited the school last month. She knows what to expect. Nana gave Lola fun pencils for school. Ty gave her a water bottle.

Lola wants to wear her party dress to school. Mommy says maybe not. So Lola chooses her jumping pants and sunny top.

Excerpted from Lola Goes to School by Anna McQuinn
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Spunky Lola embarks on a new adventure--the first day of school!

Lola and her family prepare for the first day of school the night before, then get up early, take pictures, and head to class. Lola puts her things in her cubby, chooses her activities, reads, plays, and has a snack. Before she knows it, it's time to sing the good-bye song and rush into Mommy's arms for a warm reunion. A comforting, cheerful read that demystifies the school day for preschoolers and kindergarteners.

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