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 be found. Soon Mr. Tusky arrives to fill in for Miss Bindergarten, with an endearing appeal to his temporary students: “I hope you’ll help me through the day–I’m just a wee bit rusty.” Adam the alligator, Brenda the beaver, Christopher the cat, and all the alphabetized others rise gallantly to the occasion, showing Mr. Tusky the ropes of kindergarten life: show and tell, song singing, and picture painting. But one by one, day by day, classmates drop like flu-ridden flies.The many delights of kindergarten–even a sick day, if it includes ginger ale and bendy straws–are captured perfectly in this third in the popular Miss Bindergarten series. As in their two previous books about the canine schoolteacher and her multicultural (hippos, monkeys, lizards, pigs, etc.) classroom (Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten and Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten), Joseph Slate and Ashley Wolff use gentle little verses and a simple story line to introduce young readers to the happy world of kindergarten.

In this third adventure, Miss Bindergarten catches the flu and misses school. The story starts on Sunday when she realizes she isn’t well and chronicles the happenings in her class throughout the week under the direction of the worthy substitute Mr. Tusky, who describes himself as “-just a wee bit rusty.” Each day another student becomes ill and, like Miss Bindergarten, has to stay home. However, school carries on and by Friday, teacher and kindergartners are well enough to return to school. Poor Mr. Tusky spends his weekend in bed with the flu. As in the earlier titles, the text rhymes and the students’ names each start with a different letter of the alphabet. Here, as an added bonus, Slate introduces the days of the week. The brightly colored illustrations are attractive and fun and youngsters will relish their many details. The pictures of the housebound students are especially charming. This book will alleviate the concerns of children who worry what will happen if their teacher is absent or sick. This book should find a spot on every library shelf.
~School Library Journal

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