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 stone hopped in my shoe.'" With her lively, fidgety classroom full of alligators, beavers, and cats, Miss Bindergarten first sets out to visit a bakery, where her eager charges learn how to cut out cookies and squirt pink icing on "scrumptious chocolate cake." From there, the class goes to the fire station, the post office, the library, and finally, to the park for a picnic. Along the way, each child, in alphabetical name order, discovers something new: "Jessie learns Stop, Drop, and Roll." "Quentin checks the scale." Extra-perceptive readers will notice that the shapes Miss Bindergarten posts on her easel at the beginning of the day continue to show up throughout the field trip: circular cookies, rectangular letters, triangular sails in the library book illustrations, and a star on a ball at the park.
Joseph Slate and Ashley Wolff are the creators of three other popular Miss Bindergarten titles: Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten, Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten, and Miss Bindergarten Stays Home from Kindergarten. Wolff's bouncy illustrations perfectly capture the very squirmy, active nature of kindergartners--more than one kindergarten teacher will recognize a few hippos, monkeys, and tigers from his or her own classroom. (Ages 4 to 7) --Emilie Coulter