I Got the School Spirit
I Got the School Spirit

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Annotation: This exuberant celebration of the first day of school illustrated by award-winning illustrator Frank Morrison will have ... more
Catalog Number: #220120
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Bloomsbury
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 1-547-60261-9 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-8451-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-547-60261-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-8451-1
Dewey: E
Language: English
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
A great prescription for kids who tremble at the thought of their first day of school.A young African American girl with deep brown skin, round cheeks, and an infectious smile spends her first day of school celebrating spirit in many ways. With her hair in two gigantic puffballs, she shows her school spirit with snazzy shoes (“STOMP, STOMP!”), her backpack (“ZIP, ZIP!”), and her “loud…clear” singing in class (“ABC, 123!”). Her spirit surfaces in onomatopoeic words on nearly every double-page spread, contributing to the high energy of the story. Morrison’s vibrant oil paintings, reminiscent of those by artist and NFL player Ernie Barnes, feature close-up perspectives of the little girl and everyone she encounters while they reveal lots of diversity both in her neighborhood and at school. She even has a black male teacher—a rare demographic in American elementary schools—who captivates his class during storytime. Like its predecessors, I Got the Rhythm(2014) and I Got the Christmas Spirit (2018), this picture book establishes a sentence pattern that persists, one that will help nascent readers predict what comes next. Each line begins with a personal pronoun and an active-voice verb—“I share,” “I breathe,” “we sing,” etc.—that exudes this protagonist’s enthusiasm for school.If a school pep rally could walk and talk, this kid would be it. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2

This exuberant celebration of the first day of school illustrated by award-winning illustrator Frank Morrison will have every kid cheering for school to begin! Summer is over, and this little girl has got the school spirit! She hears the school spirit in the bus driving up the street-- VROOM, VROOM! --and in the bell sounding in the halls-- RING-A-DING! She sings the school spirit in class with her friends-- ABC, 123! The school spirit helps us all strive and grow. What will you learn today? Don't miss these other exuberant titles: I Got the Rhythm I Got the Christmas Spirit

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