Miss Bindergarten

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What are those animals in Miss Bindergarten’s Class?

                    Adam Krupp is an alligator. The name alligator is an English form of el lagarto, the Spanish word for “lizard”, which early Spanish explorers and settlers in Florida called the alligator.                   Brenda Heath is a beaver. Beavers are large, nocturnal,  rodents.  Beavers are known […]

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Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the Last Day of Kindergarten

Praise for Miss B’s Last Day… Its the end of the school year and theres still a lot to do. Everyone pitches in to clean–pack up dinosaurs in one box, blocks in another–and clear out the shelves. Franny finds three smelly socks. Then theres the farewell party with sprinkler fun and pizza. The students paint […]

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Miss Bindergarten Has a Wild Day in Kindergarten

Praise for Miss Bindergarten Has a Wild Day in Kindergarten… Miss Bindergarten’s day starts off all wrong. She spills her breakfast, breaks a necklace, and has a flat tire. When she finally arrives in her classroom, everything there goes wrong, too. Water spills onto the floor as a boy tends his bean plant, another child […]

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Miss Bindergarten Stays Home From Kindergarten

Praise for Miss B Stays Home… On Sunday morning, sad but true, Miss Bindergarten got the flu. “I’m aching and shaking right down to the bone. Tomorrow I fear I shall have to stay home.” Sure enough, Monday morning comes, and Miss Bindergarten’s class is upset to see that their beloved teacher is nowhere to […]

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Miss Bindergarten Takes a Field Trip With Kindergarten

Praise for Miss B takes a Field Trip… Miss Bindergarten sure knows how to show her kindergarten class a good time! Today is field trip day and everyone’s favorite canine educator has quite a few alphabetically enhanced adventures up her sleeve. “Adam’s dad’s a chaperone. Brenda’s mom is, too. Christopher says, ‘Hey, don’t leave yet–a […]

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Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten

Praise for Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten… From Joseph Slate and illustrator Ashley Wolff, creators of the popular Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten, comes this lively celebration of the 100th day of kindergarten. In honor of this festive milestone, each student must bring “100 of some wonderful, one-hundred-full thing!” to school the […]

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Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten

Praise for Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten… On the first day of kindergarten, Miss Bindergarten must prepare her classroom for her beloved students. This noble, whimsical teacher greets her dark, summertime-empty classroom with an explosion of color–a bouquet of fall leaves, a goldfish, rolled-up posters, and shoeboxes full of no-doubt-delightful surprises. Meanwhile, her young […]

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Who is Miss Bindergarten, and why is she a dog?

I first met Miss Bindergarten on Halloween day, 1993. She was introduced to me in a letter from the author, Joseph Slate. He wrote:     “Originally, I thought it was enough for children to see that Miss Bindergarten was just as ordinary as they; there is nothing mysterious or fearful about being a teacher. Last week […]

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Miss Bindergarten Plans a Circus with Kindergarten

  Praise for Miss B’s Circus… As if an all-animal kindergarten weren’t festive enough, Miss Bindergarten decides to put on a circus at school! The to-do list is long, and each student (with first names from A to Z) has his or her own role to play: “Jessie shapes pink popcorn balls. Kiki stirs limeade. […]