Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Book of the Week: "Miles to Go" by Jamie Harper

School has started, and we're already into week two of classes here at Bubbles Academy! This fall we've got lots of new friend in our preschool alternative class, Bubble Bees. Those Bees have such an exciting love for learning. They remind me of the main character in this week's book: Miles to Go by Jamie Harper.

Miles is a preschooler and a huge car buff. Readers follow along as Miles journeys to school in his little yellow kiddie car (of course under the watchful eye of Mom). I love this book!

The illustrations are truly enchanting, combining block prints with cut paper and playful sketches (like the neighbor's adorable bulldog). The front endpapers even feature a map of Miles and his Mom's route to school. Miles must navigate past puddles, his neighbor's bulldog, brother's truck and sister's tricycle.

There are also some amazing learning opportunities in this book: map reading, traffic safety, problem solving, friendship! I even use it as a tool in the gentle separation class we offer here at Bubbles Academy. It is helpful because it shows how Miles' mother always returns to get Miles after she leaves him at school for his adventure. It's never to early to learn that school is a fun place to be, and that our grownups always come back for us!

We'd love to see you driving your yellow kiddie cars to Bubbles Academy (or your grownup cars) to hear Miss Becca read Miles to Go by Jamie Harper this Thursday at 4:00 p.m.! Beep Beep!

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