Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books


Fall 2011 Picture Books
Ages: 3 & Up
Author: Harry Bliss
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 978-0545233446
Hardcover Price: $16.99

In the hands of Harry Bliss, going to school-especially for the first time-is filled with fun. Bailey's strongest subjects are math (where he demonstrates equations by drawing dog bones on the chalkboard) and lunch (where he dives for seconds in the cleanup line). Bailey's history presentation puts Fala, "the First Friend," front and center, while his owner, president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, is given a less prominent position. In art class Bailey paints with his tail, in music class he howls, and in reading class he falls asleep. Bliss' illustrations are full of life; the buoyant pages beg to be read aloud.

Parents' Choice   ©2011 Parents' Choice

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