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Perfect Picture Book Friday Turns 100! Planet Kindergarten by Sue Ganz-Schmitt

This Kid Reviews Books

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because the idea is totally fun and I think a lot of kids are scared about starting kindergarten.

planetkindergartenPlanet Kindergarten by Sue Ganz-Schmitt
Illustrated by Shane Prigmore
40 pages – ages 3+
Published by Chronicle Books on May 20, 2014

Theme/Topic- Starting School / Confidence

Genre- Non-fiction

Opening and Synopsis- (Taken from the inside jacket)

“Today is Liftoff.

‘You are well prepared.’ says Dad.

Mom Counts down.

Into the rocket ship…

The boosters fire, and we launch.

I’m off to


“Publisher’s Summary – This clever picture book will prepare young explorers to boldly go where they have never gone before: Planet Kindergarten. Suit up for a daring adventure as our hero navigates the unknown…

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About Dr Niamh

When I was a little girl (a very, very long time ago), I used to love learning new, really big words like ‘discombobulate’. As I grew, my love of words grew too, until I loved them so much, I could not stop writing them down. One day, as I was scribbling a particular word, a very peculiar thing happened. The word shouted at me, “Stop! Don’t put me there!” As you can imagine, I was shocked and nearly fell off my chair. When I recovered somewhat, I said to the word, “Could you stop shouting, please? I am not used to it.” Can you guess what happened next? No! I thought not. The word said, “I might be small, but I will misbehave if you do not use me properly. I will not tell the story you would like me to tell. I will say something entirely different!” I dropped my pen. I hoped that by dropping my pen, the word would stop talking. Alas! It did not. It carried on chitterchobbling, even after the ink had dried. I was in a pickle. I could not allow my words to run away with my story, now could I? I don’t know about you, but when this sort of thing happens, there is only one thing left to do if you prefer not to spend your time arguing. “Very well,” said I. “I will do as you ask if you will just be quiet and allow me to concentrate.” Since that day, I have been paying special attention to every word I invite into my stories. After all, a story should say exactly what it means to say and not be led astray. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination and Founder of Dr Niamh Children's Books.

5 comments on “Perfect Picture Book Friday Turns 100! Planet Kindergarten by Sue Ganz-Schmitt

  1. CuriositytotheMax
    June 13, 2014

    Niamh! Wadda ya mean “When I was little, fairies lived at the bottom of my garden.”!!!???? They still have the same address even now when you are BIG. (It’s us “grown-ups” who change zip codes)


    • ontheplumtree
      June 13, 2014

      You are right! Shhhh! It’s a secret, and I don’t want everyone to know!


      • CuriositytotheMax
        June 13, 2014

        “Muuuuuuuuum’s” the word, in Fairy Talk
        P.S. I’m a psychotherapist so you can rely on my confidentiality!


      • ontheplumtree
        June 13, 2014

        P.s….so was I for many years…! Retired now and writing children’s (and other books). Nice to meet you here.


  2. thiskidreviewsbooks
    June 16, 2014

    Thank you for the reblog, Dr. Clune! It’s a very fun book!


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