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Eliza's Kindergarten Surprise

Eliza has to go to school for the first time ever. But she doesn't want to leave Mommy. Mommy understands. She places a kiss on her fingertips and gently slides it into Eliza's pocket. But Eliza's pocket still feels empty inside.

Then, at school, she sees things that remind her of her mother. She gets an idea and makes a mommy doll as a surprise for Mommy! Child-friendly illustrations using acrylic paint by Nancy Speir add charm and appeal as Mommy shows Eliza a surprise, too.

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"[T]hroughout the day [Eliza] collects objects that remind her of her mother: a red napkin, the color of Mommy's dress; a clump of yarn, the color of Mommy's hair. At crafts time, Eliza finds a way to soothe her sadness; she uses what she has collected to construct a clothespin stand-in for Mommy that she carries in her jumper pocket, close to her heart. At the end of the day, Mommy shows that separation was hard for her, too; she has carried a photo of Eliza all day long. McGinty avoids overly sweet clichés with a strong concept and smooth telling, and Speir's cartoonlike illustrations balance scenes showing Eliza's anguish with brightly colored views of a welcoming classroom and pictures of a loving mother and daughter that reinforce the warm, reassuring words." -- Gillian Engberg, Booklist

Product Details

Recommended Age 3 - 5
Author Alice B. McGinty
Illustrator Nancy Speir
ISBN 1477816836
Publication Date Jul 23, 2013
Publisher Two Lions
Language English