Frankie Goes to Kindergarten is a great new picture book for parents to help their little ones get ready for their exciting kindergarten journey. Frankie is the kindergarten dog and she loves to join in all the fun and games at kindy such as reading, learning, singing and dancing, and of course playing with all her friends. The book explains what a typical day at kindy is like from the trip in the morning to play, learning, lunch, rest and being picked up later in the day. You'll meet lots of kids and a few other cheeky characters, like George the cat.
I especially loved this book as my sister Miss Patty is a passionate pre-school teacher, and it resonated with her experiences. Kindy (Qld) is called pre-school in NSW and ACT. To my knowledge, she never had a dog at pre-school, but they did have other classroom pets for the littlies to care for. Just like in this irresistible book. Apparently, therapy dogs (Who knew there was such a thing?) are not common in kindergartens or pre-schools but most children can relate to dogs and will enjoy Frankie's adventures.
The book teaches kids about caring for animals and the importance of sharing with one another. Other themes covered are eating healthy foods, sun safety, looking after belongings and being kind and gentle. All great talking points and lessons. Hopefully, it will reassure the kids and perhaps avoid anxiety separation and tears. It's suitable for children aged over three and is brought to you by the wonderful folk at Ford Street Publishing.
About the Authors Peta Baxter and Connie Hemmens are dedicated early childhood educators who teach in a kindergarten in Queensland. Between them, they have over 20 years teaching kids. This is their first book and was inspired by their experiences with Frankie who is a real live kindergarten therapy dog. I'm glad they shared this special story with us.
About the Illustrator Marjory Gardner is an illustrator and animal lover. She said that she loved drawing Frankie and his mates at kindy. She layered detail, pattern and colour to create a rich tapestry for kids. She enjoys visiting schools to share her drawings and encourages children to draw in their own style. Her other books are Marlow Brown: Scientist in the Making and Marlow Brown: Magician in the Making.