Ms. Bitsy Bat's kindergarten

Pamela Duncan Edwards

Book - 2005

The new kindergarten teacher at Oak Tree School is a bat, and she quickly makes all the students feel at home.

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New York : Hyperion Books for Children 2005.
1st ed
Physical Description
unpaged : col. ill. ; 23 cm
Main Author
Pamela Duncan Edwards (-)
Other Authors
Henry Cole, 1955- (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

PreS-K. In this new offering from longtime collaborators Edwards and Cole, anxieties erupt among new kindergarteners after they arrive at school on day two to find that yesterday's friendly teacher, Mr. Fox, won't be returning. What if his replacement is grouchy and inattentive? Pinch-hitter Ms. Bitsy Bat deftly puts them at ease, sensitively arranging desks, assigning classroom duties, and even handling a scary incident with a wayward bee. Although the reason for Mr. Fox's sudden departure (his wife "had five babies") seems unrealistic given most teachers anticipating such a major event would plan a leave well in advance, Duncan's uncomplicated narration will be welcome by families and teachers preparing children for upcoming changes in routine. Cole's watercolors underscore the story's message of school as a safe, cheerful place filled with brightly colored decorations and fun school supplies, and the animal characters' expressions clearly articulate the shift from trepidation to cozy security. ((Reviewed August 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

The collaborators behind Some Smug Slug join forces to deliver this light look at how several animals' anxieties get stirred up when a new teacher begins on the second day of kindergarten. Mr. Fox has to stay home to care for his newborn kits, so competent Ms. Bitsy Bat takes over. She greets and quickly discerns the concerns of her wide-eyed, backpack-wearing pupils. Included in the cast of classroom characters is food-loving Groundhog, worried about his snacks ("Mr. Fox gave us chocolate-chip cookies... I bet this new teacher will give us yucky carrot sticks") and brainy Possum ("I bet this new teacher won't even know how smart I am"). The wise and patient Ms. Bat smoothes out the hurdles, recognizing the needs of each of her charges. While the humor of the typecast pupils' reactions may be lost on youngest readers, there is plenty to enjoy in the cheery, sympathetically rendered illustrations, from the animals' animated expressions to the slapstick frenzy when a mischievous bee bursts onto the scene. A somewhat staged ending wraps up the reassuring story. Parents and students alike can only hope for a teacher as perceptive and flexible as Ms. Bitsy Bat. Ages 4-7. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-K-Possum, Mole, Mouse, Snake, and Rabbit are apprehensive on the second day of school when they discover that they will have a substitute teacher. The children have an enjoyable day even though the sub is not the one they expected. Done in a palette of bright primary colors, Cole's detailed illustrations fill the pages. Questioning looks on Groundhog's and Rabbit's faces show the confusion they feel as they wonder if Ms. Bitsy Bat can be as resourceful as Mr. Fox in solving problems such as losing their eyeglasses or sitting in a seat that is too small. However, readers may wonder how attached these new kindergartners could have been to Mr. Fox whom they only met the previous day. Kindergartners will be pleased with the successful conclusion. A supplemental resource if more first-day-of-school books are needed.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

On their second day of kindergarten, Groundhog, Snake, and Possum are apprehensive when they get a new teacher, Ms. Bat, who hangs from the ceiling and does things differently than Mr. Fox, but, after getting used to the change, they learn to have fun!

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The students worry that Ms. Bat will not be as good a teacher as Mr. Fox when he has to leave at the beginning of the school year.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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