ISBN 9780761458074 (hardcover)
ASIN: B008RLJQRW (Kindle edition)
The LAST Day of Kindergarten
illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa
Two Lions Publishing, 2011
(formerly Marshall Cavendish)
Minnesota Book Award Finalist
Scholastic Book Club bestseller
"[T]his is a reminder of how much fun kindergarten was: your own cubbyhole, the Halloween parade, losing a tooth,
“the last time we’ll ever sit criss-cross applesauce together.” But there is also the fledgling’s pleasure at shucking off the past—swabbing the desks, tossing out the stubbiest crayons, taking the pictures off the wall—and surging into the future."
"Yoshikawa’s irresistibly sweet illustrations are perfect for children ready to emerge from the kindergarten cocoon and rejoice in their achievements."
—School Library Journal
"I shared this book with my six year old niece on the eve of her graduation from Kindergarten. I had a feeling it would resonate with her and boy, was I right. The pages were filled with colorful illustrations and you could feel the energy of the children leap off of the pages as they discuss summer plans and look forward to 1st grade. My niece identified with the excitement and sadness of the year ending, since she identified with the way the character loved her teacher. We even changed the teacher's name to her teacher when we read it aloud.
—A. Darling, Amazon reviewer
What do YOU remember about kindergarten? Awhile back, I held a giveaway contest for The LAST Day of Kindergarten. Folks shared all sorts of kindergarten memories, which ran the gamut from “creative hearing” to barfing at the bus stop to a mountain lion on the playground! Click here to read and reminisce.