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Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten (Miss Bindergarten)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  1,038 ratings  ·  125 reviews
It's the first day of kindergarten and Miss Bindergarten is hard at work getting the classroom ready for her twenty-six new students. Meanwhile, Adam Krupp wakes up, Brenda Heath brushes her teeth, and Christopher Beaker finds his sneaker. Miss Bindergarten puts the finishing touches on the room just in time, and the students arrive. Now the fun can begin! This rhyming, br ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published July 9th 2001 by Puffin Books (first published September 1st 1996)
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Megan McKenny
Personal reaction: While I remember reading this book after kindergarten, I recall enjoying the story. I like the rhyming and the use of the alphabet to tell the story. Teachers and students alike can relate to this story and find that beginning a new chapter, starting kindergarten, can be exciting!

Purpose: This book can be used for kindergarten preparation, or at the beginning of the school year. The book causes children to think about teachers in a different way. The book could be a read aloud
Not one we wanted to read over and over again, yet all my kids enjoyed it, preschoolers and older alike. It reinforces the letters of the alphabet through alliteration, while going over activities that happen in Kindergarten. I'd put it at a level 1 reading level, since it's not labeled. A good book when learning the alphabet or trying to find books to get a child ready for Kindergarten.
Alexandria Stephens
I have always loved this book! It's a story book I remember reading as a young child and I was thrilled to learn there are more books in this series. Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten has been around for numerous years. The book tells of all the preparations Miss Bindergarten goes through to prepare for her first day of a new school year. Also, members of the class are preparing for their first day of kindergarten as well. The story contains fictional characters that have their own p ...more
Taylor De La Fe
I absolutely loved the way this story was written. It is about getting ready for the first day of kindergarten. While Miss Bindergarten sets up the classroom, we are introduced to her students. Each student is presented in order of the alphabet (Adam the Alligator- Zach the Zebra) and we learn about something they do to get ready for kindergarten. At the end, there is a yearbook style page where each student has their photo and is named along with which kind of animal they are which I thought wa ...more
Audrie Estrada
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I would read this on the first day of a kindergarden class because this would help ease the kids into their first day of school. I love this book because it shows the kids that teachers prepare for class also. I also LOVE the illustrations in this book because they are so detailed and they actually simulate a real classroom!
This is for the kindergarten age group and it would be a wonderful read aloud, especially on the first day of school for kindergartners so that they
This book walks through many different animals getting ready for their first day of kindergarten. It starts with different students getting up and nervously leaving their house. This would be nice for students to see how others get nervous before starting new things. Every child is nervous before starting school and this book does well to picture that. Another thing I like about this book was that it also shows Miss Bindergarten and what she has to do for a new class of students. I think allowin ...more
Aug 27, 2014 June rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: alphabet and school requests
A classic for this time of year. It is inclusive with an animal in a wheel chair. 8/28/12

Used again. 8/28/13

Used again in story time.
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten, written by Joseph Slate and illustrated by Ashley Wolff, is one of my favorite books from my childhood. It's a fantasy about getting ready for the first day of school which is a big step in kids' lives. This book is great for many reasons; it goes through the ABC's with each students name and rhymes them to an activity. It teaches diversity by showing each student as a different animal with different capabilities, including one in a wheelchair. Fina ...more
Not sure how I missed reviewing this. I've read it countless times before as my older two children prepared for and went to kindergarten. Now it's my youngest daughter's turn to start kindergarten and we're reading this classic again. The illustrations show each child getting ready in the morning to go to kindergarten...and the teacher preparing the classroom for kindergarten. The children's names are alphabetical..."Adam Krupp wakes up. Brenda Heath brushes her teeth." Each child is an animal t ...more
Joy Colclasure
Wow! This book has so many concepts for children to learn. This is such a great book to read to children who are about to go to kindergarten. I love how this book has so much clever rhyming in it. Each of the animals last names rhymes with something that they are doing. This book is also great for letter recognition. Each of the students (animals) names in the book are in alphabetical order throughout the book. Each letter is a diffrent color. This is also great for alliteration. Each of the stu ...more
Natalie Sabbath
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten
Main Characters: Miss Bindergarten
POV: Third Person

Summary: “Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten,” is a playful look at how a teacher and students get ready for the first day of school. Joseph Slate begins the story begins with a look at some of the things that Miss Bindergarten, the Kindergarten teacher, is getting her classroom ready for the first day of Kindergarten, which is coming soon. Then, the story goes back and forth between what M
Amber Cappitte
I got this book at the Youngstown public library main. I really enjoyed this book, I loved how colorful it was and i really enjoyed how it showed how everyone has different emotions on the first day of school, even the teacher. It also taught the reader about ABC's It shows how some kids are scared to go to kindergarten but others are excited, but in the end it shows that everyone enjoyed themselves and had a good first day of school!
Rhyming couplets, which include the alphabet and cute animals, tell the story of a kindergarten teacher preparing for the new school year. The illustrations are bright and entertaining. The story is not forced and flows smoothly. Each animal (student) has an activity to prepare for their first day of class. This is a fun story that would make a perfect gift for that new kindergarten student!
Rosa Cline
We haven't read any of the "Miss Bindergarten" books but we will have to for certain find some more to read! Very cute and the illustrations are wonderful! Full of life and color (character)! And in the mix of the story all the students in Miss Bindergarten's class are letters of the alphabet! So the listener (young reader) will appreciate the alphabet as they learn about Gwen Gorilla, Emily Elephant, Ursula Uakari monkey, Yolanda, Yak, etc.
Genre: Picture Book
Audience: Ages 4-6
Topic: Getting ready for the first day of kindergarten
Curricular Uses: Read-Aloud, Shared Reading, Independent Reading
Literary Elements: Rhyme, Rhythmic Meter, Repetition of "Miss Bindergarten gets ready for kindergarten." ABC book
Reading Level: Early Readers
Illustrations: Cute illustrations showing the different animals getting ready for kindergarten. The illustrations reinforce the text, making this is an easier read for young children.
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Molly Schoonover
This is the PERFECT book for students entering Kindergarten. It will surely keep children amused by introducing all different types of animals, as well as introducing the alphabet in order. Also, it will help children feel comfortable grasping they are now in Kindergarten and their teacher is excited for them to learn.

I chose Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready For Kindergarten because I can remember loving this book as a child. I always loved the illustrations and the funny things that the animals did, correlating with the letters of the alphabet. Looking at this book as an elementary school teacher, I can see that it provides great literary knowledge to students thanks to its rhyming, repetitive nature. It is easy to follow and includes large, colorful pictures that are perfect for a
Samantha Matiz
I absolutely loved the way this story was written. It is about getting ready for the first day of kindergarten. While Miss Bindergarten sets up the classroom, we are introduced to her students. Each student is presented in order of the alphabet (Adam the Alligator- Zach the Zebra)
Jul 30, 2011 Candice rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sophie
Shelves: picture-books
This is the second Miss Bindergarten book I've read, and it's the perfect book to read to a child who is getting ready to go to kindergarten or preschool. It shows Miss Bindergarten (an English setter dog) waking up on the first day of kindergarten. Then it shows her students getting ready. There are a range of emotions with the children - excitement, apprehension, joy. Each of the children is an animal and they are introduced alphabetically - from "Adam Krupp wakes up" to "Zach Blair finds his ...more
The book "Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten" by Joseph Slate is very clever. The student's names are in alphabetical order starting at the letter A and working its way down to the letter Z. The letter of the Alphabet not only is in order, the student's name also starts with it too. Each of the students are animals too and for example Adam is an Alligator, Brenda is a Beaver.
This book uses rhyme.
This is a pretty cute story. (I change the words so that it's applicable to preschool). My students love the book though and when they saw that I had more, they wanted me to read the rest right away.
Jeanette Rakestraw
This is a great book to prepare your little one for the first day of school. The use of animals in place of children makes it fun for them and makes the experience "not so real". The animals act like children and do everyday things like brushing their teeth, tieing their shoes, and putting on their clothes. Each animals name is paired to rhyme with a word describing the event thats taking place. It's colorful, creative and the pictures are very descriptive.
I will keep this book handy and read i
The rhyming is nice, but the character match-ups to the actions are odd. There is a yearbook in the back if you can't keep all the animals straight!
Ashley Enlow
This is a great alphabet book for Kindergarten! Has many great animals to go with each name in the alphabet.
Rhyming and alphabet practice as each animal represents one starting with each letter of the alphabet
This book is so cute for students going into Kindergarten! Its full of things that they might not expect to happen in school. I also love that the author, Joseph Slate, uses all of the letters of the alphabet as well as rhyming words! Kids will find this fun to read when they are just beginner readers because of the easy and whimsical rhyming words. Also, the fact that all of the characters are animals makes the story fun and different. It also includes "children" with disabilites and handicappe ...more
See children preparing for school, each is named and showed alphabetically while the teacher is at school getting her room ready.
read this to my little sister all the time and she seems like she enjoys it!
Marjorie Estavillo
This is one of the cutest children's books in the world! I absolutely love how the author incorporated the alphabet into the book. The twenty-six children all represent one letter of the alphabet. The way the words flow through the book, intertwining with the pictures, make it really fun to read. Also the rhyming is really easy and fun for children to listen to. I want to become a kindergarten teacher and this is a book I would love to read to my students, one the first day of school, every year ...more
..and Bear doesn't mind reading them to her!
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