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Rufus Goes to School by Kim Griswell

Rufus Goes to School (edition 2013)

by Kim Griswell (Author), Gorbachev Valeri (Illustrator)

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Title:Rufus Goes to School
Authors:Kim Griswell (Author)
Other authors:Gorbachev Valeri (Illustrator)
Info:Sterling Children's Books (2013), 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:children's, picture book

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Rufus Goes to School by Kim Griswell



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Rufus Leroy Williams III really, really wants to go to school, and he is ready! But he has to fight his way in against a principal who says that pigs don't belong in school. What ultimately wins Rufus a spot is his favorite book and his desire to learn to read it. Illustrations are precise, whimsical, realistic, colorful without being super-saturated or overwhelming; there's good detail if you look for it, plenty going on on each page. More Rufus books, please! ( )
  JennyArch | Nov 14, 2017 |
Summary: Rufus Leroy Williams III wants to go to school to learn how to read his favorite book. He gets himself a backpack and goes to school but because he is a pig he fails to convince Principal Lipid to let him come to school. Rufus then acquires a lunchbox and a blanket to prove he is ready, but Mr. Lipid does not budge. Rufus then pulls out his favorite book and tells the Principal he wants to learn to read and will not cause a pig ruckus. That convinced the principal to let him start school where he was able to learn which he loved.

Personal Response: This is a funny and cute book that tells a story about a pig that wants to go to school to learn how to read. It is illustrated with humorous illustrations where the readers can follow both the actions of the characters as well as the thoughts of the Principal.

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This is a great book to read for Pre-K and Kindergarten students at the beginning of the year. It can encourage discussions about what they want to learn in school, what they like about school. In Language Arts, the students could write a list of things they would take to school. A science connection can be made through a study on pigs. ( )
  ftakahashi | Feb 21, 2017 |
This is a good book for younger ages. The story is about a pig who so badly wants to go to school. The principal will not allow him to enroll until he shows that he really wants to learn. This book is great for the first day of school to get the students excited. ( )
  Devin_Woodall | Feb 6, 2017 |
Rufus Goes to School is a charming tale of a pig who wants nothing more than to attend school. Rufus relentlessly tries to convince Principal Lipid to allow him to enroll in school, each time getting rejected. He tries to prepare for school by bringing a backpack, lunchbox , and blanket for nap time, but it isn't until he shows he has a motivation to learn that the principal allows him to come to school. This is great "First Day of School" read-aloud, filled with humor, colorful illustrations, and an overarching theme of perseverance. Teachers can use this text to show students of the importance of having a thirst for knowledge and of never giving up. ( )
  JessicaGammie | Jan 31, 2017 |
This is a cute story book about a little pig, Rufus, who desperately wants to attend school, but unfortunately cannot enter because of the principal. He tries over and over again, and at the end the principal finally lets him in when he proclaims that he has a need to learn. The overall theme is never giving up and education is the key. One can use this literary text for the first day of school to remind children that education is all about learning and never giving up! It can be used for any grade level. ( )
  maria.baltazar | Jan 27, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 145490416X, Hardcover)

All Rufus Leroy Williams III wants is to go to school so he can learn to read his favorite book. But there's one problem: he's a pig and Principal Lipid says: “NO PIGS IN SCHOOL!” Rufus even gets a backpack, a lunchbox, and a blanket to prove he's ready. But Mr. Lipid won't budge. Is there ANYTHING Rufus can do to change his mind? Kim Griswell and illustrator Valeri Gorbachev have created a love letter to reading that's also a charming, original, and child-friendly first-day-of-school story.

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Rufus Leroy Williams III wants to go to school to learn to read but the principal at first refuses because Rufus is a pig.

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