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Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? (edition 2010)

by Audrey Vernick, Daniel Jennewein (Illustrator)

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Title:Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?
Authors:Audrey Vernick
Other authors:Daniel Jennewein (Illustrator)
Info:Balzer & Bray (2010), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 32 pages
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Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? by Audrey Vernick

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Every kindergarten class should have a buffalo because this one is so lovable and so perfect at alleviating the fears facing young students! ( )
  alyson | Aug 29, 2013 |
Although some people think that kindergarten isn’t a place for a buffalo, the little girl in this book knows otherwise. Her buffalo has a backpack, which means he’s definitely ready for kindergarten. He may be shy in his new environment because no on else has a hump or horns or a mane, but he’ll learn that everyone is special in his or her own way. The girl goes on to identify many possible concerns you might have for your buffalo, such as using scissors, learning to cooperate and take turns, even when someone calls him a Fluppalo, and helping your buffalo look his best on picture day. Although he might have been shy to start off with, your buffalo will learn to love kindergarten. In fact, he may not want to leave at all!

The humorous tone of the text makes this book a fun one to read out loud. There are plenty of rhetorical questions that kids will find hilarious. The illustrations feature slightly exaggerated characters and a buffalo with the most endearing smile I’ve ever seen. I’m guessing the illustrations were done digitally, but all the lines have a crayon texture to them, which is appropriate to the kindergarten setting.

Full Review at Picture-Book-a-Day: http://picturebookaday.blogspot.com/2012/04/book-115-is-your-buffalo-ready-for.h...
  amy-picturebookaday | Apr 25, 2012 |
My 3 year old LOVED this book, and my 5 year old, having started kindergarten 2 weeks prior, LOVED LOVED LOVED this book because it was about HIS new adventures! This is a fantastic story for any age, but even more-so if your child is preparing for kindergarten.

I loved this book. I fell in love with this teddy-bear of a buffalo. I felt empathetic to his anxiety, and warmth to his struggle. I love the fun in the lesson as well as the lesson itself.

To read our full review, go to The Reading Tub®.
  TheReadingTub | Apr 28, 2011 |
If you know a little one getting ready to start school, you definitely need to check out Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? by Audrey Vernick. This adorable book explores some of the fears a youngster might face before beginning school and lets them know that it’s not always easy to start something new.

This picture book shows pre-schoolers that they don’t need to know how to do everything before they start school, because they’re going to school to learn new skills and improve some others. They’ll also see that it’s okay to get messy or frustrated. The best part of the book, though, is that it tells pre-schoolers that “everyone’s special in his or her own way.”

Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? has delightful illustrations by Daniel Jennewein. The buffalo is as cute as he can be and I’m happy to see the students in the book are diverse. I love flipping through this book just to look at the wonderful pictures!

I recommend Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? as a gift or an addition to your own pre-schooler’s library. ( )
  bermudaonion | Jul 10, 2010 |
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As the title indicates, this is a silly book about the first day of kindergarten with one's own buffalo. The analogy here is that kids react and behave differently, and that there is a place for all of them in school. The story prompts readers to remind the buffalo that finger painting is fun and it's okay to get messy; those hooves could create a masterpiece. Buffaloes (and children) learn how to get along without using their horns. "Cooperating and taking turns are both Very Big Deals in kindergarten." This wacky picture book, with its bold cartoonlike illustrations of a buffalo that snorts, dances, and makes faces, may help apprehensive youngsters to be more at ease about going to school. "Everyone's special in his or her own way. That's the kind of thing you learn in kindergarten." Vernick's amusing tale will prove handy as a first day of school recommendation for children and teachers alike."
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Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?
He is if he's got a backpack, of course. There are other things you can do to help him out, too--introduce him and his adorable furry face to your friends, guide him to the best playground games ("Your buffalo is the very best hiding spot ever") and always remind him that "Everyone's special in his or her own way" (maybe he can't use scissors, but he is the state animal of Oklahoma). To this tongue-in-cheek direct-address text, Jennewein matches clean, cartoon compositions. His smudgy pencil outlines soften the flat colors and make plenty of hay with the buffalo's outsized bulk. The giant ruminant's goofy grin matches that of his redheaded owner's and heightens the ridiculousness of the scenario. As an embodiment of school anxiety, this buffalo leads the herd--plus, he's got a hump.
-Kirkus Reviews, 6/1
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Your buffalo is growing up. He plays with friends. He shares his toys. He's smart! But is he ready for kindergarten? (And is kindergarten ready for him?)

Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? is a hilarious look at first-day-of-school jitters from author Audrey Vernick and illustrator Daniel Jennewein.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:19:45 -0400)

Although kindergarten provides unique challenges for a young buffalo, one who follows the rules and tries his best will get along fine.

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