Clothesline Clues to the First Day of School
by Heling, Kathryn; Hembrook, Deborah; Davies, Andy Robert (ILT)






Co-author Kathryn Heling always aspired to be a writer. Today she is the co-author of several children's books.

Co-author Deborah Hembrook adores being a teacher and co-writing with Kathryn Heling. Some of their titles include Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do, Clothesline Clues to Sports People Play, I Wish I Had Glasses Like Rosa, and Ten Grouchy Groundhogs.

Andy Robert Davies works as a professional illustrator and lecturer. He's illustrated Truck Stuck, Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do, and Clothesline Clues to Sports People Play. www.ardillustration.com





Who will greet the children on the first day of school? On her way there, a girl passes clotheslines holding clothing and other items indicating the staff members they represent. The double-page spreads come in pairs. The first offers a set of visual clues, while four rhythmic, rhyming lines of text challenge children to guess the answer. "Raincoat and warm gloves, / a hat and stop sign, too. / Safety vest and badge. / Who wants to meet you?" A turn of the page reveals the answer, in this case, "Your crossing guard!" and an illustration showing her in action. While the verse text could be smoother, the concept works well. The simple, brightly colored, digital pictures are as cheerful as the staff and the students at this bustling elementary school. The illustrator depicts characters of diverse abilities and skin tones and avoids gender stereotypes. Like the other two entries in the Clothesline Clues series, this picture book invites audience participation. A good read-aloud choice, especially during that first week of school. Preschool-Grade 1. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.





Following Jobs People Do (2012) and Sports People Play (2015), Heling, Hembrook, and Davies are back with another Clothesline Clues book, this time focusing on the different roles people might play in a school. As with the earlier books, a short stanza sets up the scene: "High on the clotheslines / hang clue after clue. / It's the first day of school! / Who wants to meet you?" The two spreads that follow first encourage readers to guess whose belongings are hanging on the clothesline and then reveal the answer. A coat; yellow hat, gloves, and safety vest; and a hand-held stop sign must belong to "your crossing guard." A classroom teacher's things include a button-down shirt, bow tie, sport coat, book bag, and a class roster. The other jobs include cafeteria cook, custodian, and gym and art teachers. The final clothesline holds myriad pants, shirts, dresses, scarves, coats, and backpacks that belong to the new friends anxious to meet readers. Davies' people are diverse in race and ability (several wear glasses, and one uses a wheelchair), and one girl wears hijab. Most of the adults are the opposite gender of the typical stereotype: Both the classroom teacher and the cafeteria worker are brown-skinned men, and the gym teacher and custodian are brown-skinned women. Davies' bright pencil, mixed-media, and digital illustrations feature white backgrounds to help readers focus on the clues and on the things they will notice in their own classrooms. Another solid entry. (Picture book. 3-7) Copyright Kirkus 2019 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.





High on the clotheslines hang clue after clue. It's the first day of school! Who wants to meet you?

Raincoat and warm gloves, a hat and stop sign, too. Safety vest and badge. Who wants to meet you?

Your crossing guard!






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