Twindergarten

Nikki Ehrlich

Book - 2017

Dax and Zoe are twins. They go together like peanut butter and jelly. It's the night before the twins are starting kindergarten, and they have the just-about-to-start-school jitters. After all, they will be in different classrooms! What will kindergarten be like when they're not together all day? But Dax and Zoe will learn that kindergarten is full of new surprises and adventures, and being apart for a short while isn't so bad.

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Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : HarperCollins 2017.
Language
English
Physical Description
30 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780062564238
0062564234
Main Author
Nikki Ehrlich (author)
Other Authors
Zoey Abbott (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Twins Dax and Zoe "go together like peanut butter and jelly." But what will happen when they start kindergarten—Zoe in one class and Dax in another? The night before school starts, Dax worries, while Zoe feels confident. As they line up for class, though, Zoe feels uneasy, while her brother looks happy. In art class, Dax makes something for his sister and, at recess, slips it into her pocket. Later, seeing both of their likenesses drawn on his heart-shaped card, she feels content and hopeful. It's an appealing first book from Wagner and Ehrlich, the latter of whom is the mother of the twins. Told with economy and sensitivity, the quiet story tells of each child warming up to kindergarten individually, while maintaining their strong connection. The delicate, precise colored-pencil drawings have an airy look, with plenty of white space and well-chosen details that help define the characters and settings. While showing that a bit of anxiety is natural when facing a new experience, this attractive picture book fosters a hopeful attitude toward school. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Dax and Zoe are curly-haired fraternal twins who do everything together—until it comes to going to kindergarten: "Tomorrow, they'd be in different classrooms. And they absolutely couldn't imagine what that would feel like." Yet the twins make friends and acclimate to new routines once they get to school, and at recess, Zoe and Dax are together again "like peanut butter and jelly." Working in soft colored pencil, debut illustrator Abbott's understated images feel airy and open, and she emphasizes not just the closeness between the twins but also the way they seem to trade off feeling confident and nervous about school. Though not all siblings will be as mutually adoring as Dax and Zoe are, newcomer Ehrlich leaves readers with the comforting idea that just because one thing changes doesn't mean that everything has to. Ages 4–8. Author's agent: Kirsten Hall, Catbird Agency. Illustrator's agent: Erica Rand Silverman, Stimola Literary Studio. (June) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 1—Dax and Zoe are inseparable twins who are about to start school. But Dax and Zoe aren't so sure about it, since starting kindergarten will mean being in different classes. With the help of their parents and each other, they find the courage to go their separate ways on the first day of school. Then with the help of teachers and new friends, Dax and Zoe soon realize that despite being apart from each other, kindergarten isn't so bad. Simple but attractive color pencil illustrations depict the action and emotions equally well. The writing is direct and effective, and the story adeptly depicts a challenging time for most families. VERDICT This heartwarming tale is perfect for storytimes, and an excellent choice for families with young twins.—Candyce Pruitt-Goddard, Sno-Isle Libraries, Marysville, WA Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Twins Dax and Zoe do everything together, but when they are placed in different kindergarten classrooms they wonder how they are going to make it without each other.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Struggling with first-day-of-school jitters, twins Dax and Zoe wonder what to expect in kindergarten classrooms where they will be separated for the first time, an adventure marked by surprises and discoveries. 25,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Dax and Zoe are twins. They go together like peanut butter and jelly. It's the night before the twins are starting kindergarten, and they have the just-about-to-start-school jitters. After all, they will be in different classrooms! What will kindergartenbe like when they're not together all day? But Dax and Zoe will learn that kindergarten is full of new surprises and adventures, and being apart for a short while isn't so bad.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Dax and Zoe are twins. They go together like peanut butter and jelly. It's the night before the twins are starting kindergarten, and they have the just-about-to-start-school jitters. After all, they will be in different classrooms! What will kindergarten be like when they're not together all day? But Dax and Zoe will learn that kindergarten is full of new surprises and adventures, and being apart for a short while isn't so bad. Named one of the best books to help kids get ready for a new school year by Brightly.com, which commented: "Read along to see how these two siblings find the silver lining and the fun in being apart."From author Nikki Ehrlich and artist Zoey Abbott Wagner comes a heartwarming picture book that's perfect for anyone dealing with new experiences, especially little ones getting ready for school.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Dax and Zoe are twins. They go together like peanut butter and jelly. It’s the night before the twins are starting kindergarten, and they have the just-about-to-start-school jitters. After all, they will be in different classrooms! What will kindergarten be like when they’re not together all day? But Dax and Zoe will learn that kindergarten is full of new surprises and adventures, and being apart for a short while isn’t so bad. Named one of the best books to help kids get ready for a new school year by Brightly.com, which commented: "Read along to see how these two siblings find the silver lining and the fun in being apart."From author Nikki Ehrlich and artist Zoey Abbott Wagner comes a heartwarming picture book that’s perfect for anyone dealing with new experiences, especially little ones getting ready for school.