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Polka-dot Fixes Kindergarten

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By: Catherine Urdahl / Illustrated by: Mai S. Kemble


It's Polka-dot's first day of kindergarten and armed with her trusty fix-it kit, she's ready for anything. When she gets to school, though, everything goes wrong. The duct tape, runny soap, and dotted bandages aren't enough to fix her kindergarten catastrophes. And, when it comes to dealing with stripe-loving, mean-mouth Liz, Polka-dot finds herself in a fix. See how Polka-dot finds a way to mend her stormy relationship with Liz.

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

Catherine Urdahl, author

Catherine Urdahl is the author of Emma's Question and Polka-Dot Fixes Kindergarten. She lives in Minnesota.

Mai S. Kemble, illustrator

Mai S. Kemble has illustrated many children’s books, including Taylor’s Birthday Party, I Can Speak Bully, and The Moon and the Night Sweeper, which she also wrote. Mai lives in Portland, Oregon.

Awards & Honors:

Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year, 2012

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Kirkus Reviews

When Polka-dot encounters a mean girl on her first day of kindergarten, her confidence that she can fix anything is shaken.

Even armed with only some runny soap, duct tape and spotted bandages, Polka-dot’s Grandpa can fix anything. And with a kit just like his, Polka-dot heads off for her first day of school believing she can, too. But then she gets on the wrong side of Liz, a stripes-wearing girl, who feels that Polka-dot is taking the teacher’s attention away from her. The runny soap fails to clean up Polka-dot’s paint accident, and the spotted bandages fail to cheer her up at recess when Liz is still being mean to her. But the duct tape proves the handiest tool of all in rescuing Liz from some teasing and cementing the two girls’ future friendship. The classroom teacher is depressingly obtuse—she kindly reminds the girls several times about kindergarten rules but never seems to notice the hurtful things Liz is saying to Polka-dot, with the result that Polka-dot thinks she doesn’t care. Kemble’s watercolor-and–colored-pencil illustrations are best at portraying relationships and feelings. Children will recognize these kindergarteners immediately, while the air between the two girls fairly sparks.

Kindergarten compassion and problem-solving rolled into one.


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ISBN: 978-1-57091-738-7

ISBN: 978-1-57091-737-0

ISBN: 978-1-60734-312-7 PDF
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Ages: 4-7
Page count: 32
8 1/2 x 11

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