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Eliza's Kindergarten Surprise

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Eliza has to go to school for the first time ever. But she doesn’t want to leave Mommy. Mommy understands. She places a kiss on her fingertips and gently slides it into Eliza’s pocket. But Eliza’s pocket still feels empty inside. Then, at school, she sees things that remind her of her mother. She gets an idea and makes a mommy doll as a surprise for Mommy! Child-friendly i ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Two Lions (first published March 30th 2007)
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Super cute book about a little girl who's scared to go to Kindergarten. As she goes through her day doing the activities with her class she collects little things that remind her of her mom and stores them in her pocket. When her class is supposed to be making scarecrows out of cloths pins she takes her collection out of her picket and makes a Mommy doll. With her mommy doll she has the courage to face the rest of the day and find happiness with her classmates. My daughter loved this book and no ...more
Felicity The Magnificent
In this book Eliza went to kindergarten for the first day. She didn't want to go to school. Her Mom kissed her warm on her cheeks, and then she put a kiss in her pocket. Eliza's teacher brought her in and showed her her very own cubby. She brought Eliza to circle time for morning songs. Eliza didn't sing morning songs. Instead she looked down on the carpet and there she found two blue buttons shiny like Mommy's shoes. And then it was recess time. Eliza looked in her pocket but she didn't see tho ...more
For children that have never been to preschool, kindergarten sure can be a scary place.

Eliza’s mommy has taken care to make Eliza feel safe during her first day by giving her a kiss to keep in her pocket. Still, Eliza is too sad and empty feeling. As the day goes on, this inventive young child puts thing into her pocket that remind her of her mother. There are buttons and a pebble and during art class, she has an idea. Soon, she is not so lonely anymore and by the end of the day, she has a wond
Heartwarming story of Eliza's first day in kindergarten

I loved this little story about Eliza's first day in kindergarten. It gets the feelings right on both the child's side (and the parent's because it is traumatic for us Moms and Dads to send our babies to school for the first time too).

The story was simple yet expressive. And the illustrations were bright and excellent.

My twin grandchildren are too young to worry about school yet but Nana will be reading this story to them in a few years, hop
At first I was skeptical that this title may be too much like "The Kissing Hand" but then it took a totally cool turn. Eliza misses her mother on her first day of kindergarten and with a bit of patience and creativity, she finds a way to have her close to her heart. Sweetly delivered.
Julie Heidingsfelder
Genre: Picture Book: realistic fiction. I actually checked this out because my son was saying he was scared to go to kindergarten someday. This is a touching story of how Eliza's mom lets her know she is always with her.
Jan 20, 2009 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Very cute, about a little girl who comes up with her own coping strategy when she goes to school for the first time. Really good to read to children who are struggling with the separation from their parents
Christine Turner
On her first day of school, Eliza fills her pocket with objects--buttons, a pebble, a napkin, and a piece of yarn--that remind her of her mother, whom she misses very much.
The Library Lady
Adorable and a hell of a lot better than the mawkish "Kissing Hand" people rave about. And it might give parents and kids the idea to make their own "kindergarten surprise"!
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