Planet Kindergarten by Sue Ganz-Schmitt with illustrations by Shane Prigmore

I had originally planned to include Planet Kindergarten as part of an earlier picture book compilation post, but when I got halfway through it, I got all excited about a teaching idea for this book.

Here's what the publisher had to say, first: "This clever picture book will prepare young explorers to boldly go where they have never gone before: Planet Kindergarten. Suit up for a daring adventure as our hero navigates the unknown reaches and alien inhabitants of this strange new world. Hilarious and confidence-boosting, this exciting story will have new kindergarteners ready for liftoff!"

My Thoughts: What if you decorated your kindergarten room like Planet Kindergarten? You could label things the way the main character describes them ('commander' being the teacher, lessons for the day are 'flight plans,' 'crewmates' instead of classmates.... it can go on & on). Considering I live a stone's throw from Kennedy Space Center, and NASA is a huge part of our student's lives, I am bursting with ideas for how much fun this would be! I got the idea about halfway in, when the protagonist was napping under a sea of stars hung from the classroom ceiling.

I don't think I will ever teach kindergarten, but this book sure made me want to (for just a second, anyway). Great illustrations, a funny (inside, sort of) joke,  and a calming story that lets reluctant kindergarteners know that they'll be safe on their home planet soon.

Thank you to publisher Chronicle Books for my advanced copy.
Date: May 20, 2014
ISBN 978-1452118932
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