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School Days: Rufus and Friends    by Iza Trapani order for
School Days
by Iza Trapani
Order:  USA  Can
Charlesbridge, 2010 (2010)
Hardcover, Softcover
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

It may be a raining, but when Rufus and his canine classmates file off the big yellow school bus and march into Ms. Schnickle's classroom, they are in for a day of fun activities.

Fourteen traditional poems are matched to the puppies' school tasks, that range from reading and math to band and art. Favorites - from If You're Happy and You Know It, Clap Your Hands and One, Two, Buckle My Shoe to The Ants Go Marching In and There Was A Little Girl - invite young readers to join with the characters in the book reading aloud the funny verses.

Besides exploring the sounds and rhythms that can make language so much fun, the colorful, humorous illustrations that capture all the school day activities make this a picture book with a two-fold punch. It's perfect for child participation and there's lots of action for the youngster to scrutinize.

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