Starting School

Starting School

By (author) Janet Ahlberg , By (author) Allan Ahlberg , Illustrated by Janet Ahlberg , Illustrated by Allan Ahlberg

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Janet and Allan Ahlberg's "Starting School" is required reading for children and parents. "Starting School" by Janet and Allan Ahlberg is an enchanting picture book for reassuring children who are about to start school for the very first time. The colourful pictures and large, simple text make "Starting School" the perfect book to be read to and read by children learning to read. Allan Ahlberg has published over 100 children's books and with his late wife Janet, created many award-winning children's picture books. The Ahlbergs' books are nursery bookshelf standards and have been the recipient of worldwide acclaim and awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal. Look out for these other classics by Allan Ahlberg: "Burglar Bill"; "Cops and Robbers"; "Each Peach Pear Plum"; "The One and Only Two Heads"; "Son of a Gun"; "The Little Worm Book"; "Two Wheels Two Heads"; "Funny Bones"; "A Pair of Sinners"; "Happy Families"; "Peepo!" ; "The Ha Ha Bonk Book"; "Help Your Child to Read"; "Ten in a Bed"; "Please mrs Butler"; "Daisy Chains"; "Yum Yum"; "Playmates"; "Foldaways"; "Woof"; "The Cinderella Show"; "The Jolly Postman"; "The Jolly Christmas Postman"; "The Jolly Pocket Postman"; "The Clothes Horse and Other Stories"; "The Mighty Slide"; "The Baby's Catalogue"; "Heard it in the Playground"; "The Bear Nobody Wanted"; "It was a Dark and Stormy Night"; "The Giant Baby"; "Baby Sleeps"; "Blue Buggy"; "Doll and Teddy"; "See the Rabbit"; "Please Mrs Butler"; "The Better Brown Stories"; "The Boyhood of Burglar Bill".

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 202 x 220 x 10mm | 117.93g
  • 12 Jul 2006
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • Puffin Books
  • London
  • English
  • colour illustrations
  • 014050737X
  • 9780140507379
  • 26,879

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Janet and Allan Ahlberg created some of the world's most popular picture books, including EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM and THE JOLLY CHRISTMAS POSTMAN, both winners of Greenaway Medals, and THE BABY'S CATALOGUE, inspired by their daughter Jessica. Janet died in 1994 and Allan, a former teacher, now lives in London.

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"Gavin and Errol and Sophie and Sushma and David and Kate and Robert and Alison are. . .Starting School!" So begins this charming evocation of a universal experience, British style: arriving on the first day with an assortment of parents, exploring their new territory, engaging in a variety of healthy activities (including swimming and baking), taking part in Halloween and a Christmas play (nonsecular). The diminutive, individualized figures sprinkled liberally through the text enact typical, childlike mini-dramas that combine to represent a busy, friendly community. This could also be used as an easy reader. (Kirkus Reviews)

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