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Follow the line to school
Ljungkvist, Laura.

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Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Encourages young readers to follow the line as it travels through a typical school day, including story-time, recess, library time, and show-and-tell.
Reading Level:
For ages 4-up.
Pub Date:
Viking, 2011.


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Pick up the chalk and follow the line from the blackboard in the classroom to the black tie swing in the playground.

Pick up the paintbrush and follow the line form the yellow paint in the art room to the yellow lunch box in the cafeteria

Pick up the pencil and follow the line from the white paper in the math area to the white piano keys in the music room

Along the way, you'll practice identifying colors and letters, counting and sorting, and lots of other things you'll need to know once school begins!

Author Notes

Laura Ljungkvist is a Swedish artist whose editorial work has appeared in The New York and Harper's Bazaar .  This is her third book for children.  She now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The latest entry in the Follow the Line series takes young readers on a school tour. A single continuous black line leads through text and art, keeping emerging readers on track. This school is a dream setting: classrooms are colorful and chock-full of books, globes, and art supplies; the music room is fully equipped with instruments; every room, including the hallway, features student work on the walls. Along the way, integrated questions introduce familiar subjects: Which book on this page do you think is about baseball? Accessible to the youngest students, this will also appeal to relatively seasoned first-graders, who can tackle the questions and take their time to pore over details in the stylized retro art.--Foote, Diane Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Fourth in Ljungkvist's Follow the Line series, this outing takes readers on a tour of a school, as a black line forms words and objects in bright scenes with crisp collages and lots of prompts to engage children. The line trails into "the science corner," where readers learn a bit about animals, before heading into a modish library, the art room ("Which pictures on the wall are made from cut paper?"), the cafeteria, and outdoors for recess. Ljungkvist covers all the basic elements of an ordinary school day, and the story's interactive elements highlight the underlying message about the joys of learning. Ages 4-up. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-This book has all of the ingredients for "dialogic reading." It is practically a user's guide for how an adult and child can engage in conversation while reading together. As with Ljungkvist's other "Follow the Line" books, it takes readers through a familiar setting-school-and asks youngsters to find, count, or reply to prompts, such as, "Fred is the class pet. Can you guess what kind of animal he is?" The answers aren't always as easy as they might seem. This particular book is great for familiarizing pre-kindergarteners with all of the possibilities of an engaging school environment, or for talking about similarities and differences between the artist's images and a child's current institution. As readers follow the line from page to page, they encounter areas that may be confined to a classroom, or may have separate quarters, such as the art, music, and eating areas. The clever mixed-media artwork is brimming with familiar artifacts and tools, yet Ljungkvist's clean-cut Scandinavian style and simplicity of composition keep the pages from being visually overwhelming.-Maggie Chase, Boise State University, ID (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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