Review: Children's Bookwatch - March 25, 2014
All in One Day is a colorfully illustrated book featuring children from different ethnic backgrounds joyously participating in one day's schedule of learning experiences in an organized child care setting. Each different day's scheduled activity or event is highlighted and children's activities and participation is described. There is Arrival Time, Morning Meeting, Choice Time, Outside Time, Snacktime, Small-Group Time, Lunchtime, Books & Storytelling Time, Rest Time, Group Time, Snacktime, Choice Time, an unscheduled show time that is the most fun of all, and Departure Time. Throughout the day, Josh, a new boy, and Ari, a girl who likes monkeys, play and have fun together planning and producing a great monkey show with spaceships and colored flashlights for spotlights. Grownups appear, observe and applaud the show, and begin to take tired monkeys home. All in One Day gives a young preschool child a good idea of what to expect in a day care experience, making the transition to learning and playing with others appealing and fun. Other highly recommended titles from Redleaf Lane by the same author also describe similar preschool education experiences for young children.
Review by: Lisa, Youth Services Librarian at a public library - February 5, 2014
I recommended that we get copies of this book and the five others by Mike Huber. They are all based on the everyday experiences of preschool-aged children at their daycare. They serve two audiences—one, the kids themselves. They are picture books with engaging illustrations and appropriate for ages 3 and up. But they also serve as great examples for early childhood educators. Mike Huber is a master teacher and provides trainings nationally for other early childhood educators. I recently passed these books on to a new early childhood educator and she loved them! She shared them with her own children, who really responded to the illustrations and the stories.