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Timothy is very excited about starting school--until he meets Claude. Claude sits next to him, and he wears all the right clothes, says all the right things, and garners all the praise from his teacher and classmates. Timothy is feeling down, until he meets a girl who's having the same problem with her seatmate...."Children will easily relate to this tale, in which humor aTimothy is very excited about starting school--until he meets Claude. Claude sits next to him, and he wears all the right clothes, says all the right things, and garners all the praise from his teacher and classmates. Timothy is feeling down, until he meets a girl who's having the same problem with her seatmate...."Children will easily relate to this tale, in which humor and realism effectively mesh." --Booklist, starred review...

Title : Timothy Goes to School
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ISBN : 9780140567427
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Timothy Goes to School Reviews

  • Susan
    2019-06-15 19:12

    I started out liking this book, and I am a fan of Rosemary Wells' illustrations. But the ending for me was dissappointing. Not okay to laugh at other people, and certainly not a good message for the picture book set (or anyone for that matter).

  • Amy
    2019-05-21 11:06

    Let me start by saying I love Wells and most of her work. Both of my kids have loved her Max and Ruby shows and books. I had bought Timothy Goes to School awhile ago for my daughter. We read it last week in anticipation of kindergarten. The start of the book was good with the mother loving Timothy and helping him "fit in" with the other students. Timothy is teased by another student at school each day named Claude. The book ends with Timothy making a new friend who is also teased by another student. The ending of the book has Timothy and his new friend laughing about and making fun of those who tease them. This book is teaching that if you are teased, the best approach is to tease back. I am trying to teach my children to treat everyone nicely, even if they are mean to us. I am getting rid of this book from our family library.

  • Juli19
    2019-06-15 14:23

    Timothy is a little raccoon that is very excited to go to his first day of school. When he is at school he meets his classmate Claude who is so perfect about everything. Claude wears the right clothes and says the right things. Timothy does not like that and wishes bad things to happen to Claude but nothing bad happens to him. One day Timothy is feeling down and he meets Grace who is having the same problem with her seatmate. At the end both raccoons which share the same feelings about their seatmates become friends. I did not like the story, it make children think that it is ok to wish bad things and make fun of other children that are different or "perfect" like the book states.

  • Margie Potter
    2019-06-09 12:11

    Mixed emotions about this book. In the end did Timothy and Violet laugh because they realize they should not be jealous of other people or did they laugh because they were making fun of Claude and Grace....I guess it is left up to you to determine where the story went. I did not think it was a joyful ending and could send the wrong message.

  • Darlene Pasquale
    2019-05-21 16:28

    1) no awards 2) appropriate grade levels - Pre K-2nd grade 3) Summary - This book explores Timothy's first day of school. Poor Timothy feels like an outsider. Will he ever be able to make a new friend? 4) Review - I think that this is a great story about making friends. When children first start school, one of their tasks is to interact with other children and make new friends, which is not always easy. This book alludes to that, however, I feel like there are some bullying aspects in it that adults should be aware of. 5) A teacher could set up an anchor chart or a list on the board, and discuss with the children, what it means to be a good friend. Here, they could address the mean things that happened to Timothy, while coming up with ideas on how to be nicer to somebody who is new. A teacher can also set up an icebreaker activity that asks simple questions such as a child's favorite color, food, or animal, to help students see that they have things in common, making it easier for them to make friends.

  • Jensine Foley
    2019-05-25 15:32

    I would use this book if i was teaching young children. I believe this has a very good point to it, while Timothy just wants to go to school he struggles trying to fit in and find new friends. I feel as if a lot of kids struggle with this and this book can show them that they are not the only ones.

  • MJ
    2019-06-10 14:35

    Alissa had trouble understanding the jealousy and rivalry between the 2 boys.

  • Monica Olmstead
    2019-05-23 13:30

    good book for kids to read as in the words are not hard to read but not a good message for the kids. The end was bad. Timothy and Violet laughed at the other kids and timothy was wishing bad things to happen to Claude through the entire book. so ya bad message being sent to the kids

  • Beyond the Pages
    2019-06-09 15:24

    While I kind of liked this book in general, I felt that it was left in an unresolved place. Timothy and Claude's initial presentation to one another was flat. As the story continued, we saw that there was some tension, negativity, jealousy, arrogance and ill feelings between the two. Thereafter, we soon met Violet who had the same kind of issues with a fellow classmate. When the two classmates, Timothy and Violet, came together, they compared notes, so to speak, and banded together. Soon what was dysfunctional became functional? It was rather hard to believe. I did like the illustrations. They were colorful and varied. I liked the school setting with all its play/work considerations.I wish this book would have ended on a more positive note regarding the underlying issues that were revealed. Sure, the two friends came to be close, in a sense, but I did not see any growth occur. There was no obvious learning that happened with Timothy, Violet, or Claude. This book definitely served as a conversation starter between my children and myself. We talked about attitudes, ill wishes, & how and what we communicate about and to others. This title was secured from my local library.

  • Deidra
    2019-06-12 15:32

    Written and illustrated by Rosemary Wells. Published by Puffin, copyright 2000. Grade level: 1-3Timothy is all ready for his first day of school in his brand-new homemade sun suit. When he gets to school though, he meets Claude. Claude is wearing the "right" clothes for the first day of school, and Claude does everything else right too. How will Timothy ever measure up? Timothy doesn't start to feel better until he meets Violet, a girl who is feeling the same way as him. Timothy and Violet become best friends, and realize they don't need to be jealous of those who seem "perfect."Children will love the illustrations in this book, and they will be able to relate to how Timothy is feeling. Possible themes/units: insecurity, friendship, beginning of school year

  • Skylar Burris
    2019-05-30 16:14

    This is somewhat like having a full day's kindergarten class in a single book. It's a workbook without all the marking and writing; your child, in a sense, becomes a member of the class and does the activities along with the rest of the class. It samples a lot of areas in small doses: rhymes, letter recognition and sounds, letter combining, listening comprehension, and sound combinations. It was a bit too demanding for my four year old in parts, but she seemed to enjoy it, and I think it would be a great book to read again just before kindergarten. I would give it four starts for a one-time read, but once she knows the answers to the exercises, there's not much to hold her attention for a repeat read, so I had to settle on three stars.

  • Brenda
    2019-05-29 17:23

    It is Timothy's first day of school and he is struggling with Claude about what are the perfect clothes to wear to school. He is told that "nobody wears a suit to school." Timothy's mother encourages him to choose various other outfits. At the end of the story Timothy meets Violet, who is also discouraged by a girl rabbit who appears to be "perfect." They become friends and laugh together. I see there laughter not directed at the other children but more at the silliness of wanting to be one of the "perfect kids" and that they had something in common. I saw this as a story about wanting to be accepted and how similarities and differences can bring two people together. I felt the author illustrated this well by choosing a girl and boy bunny to become the friends at the end.

  • Arsenio Richardson
    2019-06-03 17:35

    I really liked this book because the literature was good and the story being told was very real. The author did used raccoons as the characters which were ok because she had them in people clothes and on two feet not all fours. I thought the author used the colors well even the though pictures were not the best. The setting of school could have been a little better but I understood where she was going with the art. The literature was really good because it dealt with problems that elementary age kids deal with all the time. I would recommend this book to a lot people dealing with young kids.

  • Jonathan Ryal
    2019-06-11 14:12

    This is one of my favorite books from my childhood. It tells of a story that every child can relate to at one point in their life. It's a story about a young boy named Timothy who's excited to be going to his first day of school. When he gets there, a mean boy by the name of Claude puts him down for the clothing he wore to school that day. Events similar to this continue happening to Timothy from Claude for the next several days. Eventually Timothy ends up meeting a young girl who has been going through the same problems in her first days at school. They end up talking and laughing about their experiences and become best friends.

  • Kimbely Fletcher
    2019-06-03 11:15

    Timothy is filled with excitement on the first day of school until he meets his classmate, Claude. Claude wears all the coolest clothes, always knows the right thing to say, and the teacher loves him. Timothy is feeling pretty down until he meets his new friend, Violet. I like this book because it helps kids will real life issues at school. Everyone has had a kid at school that seems to have everything. I would use this book to teach about differences and understanding for other kids. The thematic unit could be about different types of cultures and people.

  • Rosa Cline
    2019-06-15 18:31

    This is a cute series of books about a variety of different children from different forms of families, single dad, grandparents raising, Asian, etc. Timothy is the main boy the series follows but it follows his classmates too. This one Timothy starts school and he is bullied buy another boy and Timothy finally is sad and doesn't like to go to school. One day then he hears a little girl say something about another little girl and Timothy realizes he's not the only child getting bullied. This other little girl is too. So the two make friends together.

  • Carly Brown
    2019-06-11 16:34

    For Megan's AwardLevel: EarlyGenre: Picture BookCurricular Use: Guided ReadingTopic: Starting SchoolSocial: Starting school, making friends, competitive feelings toward another student, insecuritiesLiterary Elements: Humor, dynamic characters, irony (Timothy meets someone else who feel the exact same way about someone else and they become friends because of those feelings and this ultimately resolves their problems)Strong connections between pictures and text (the humor in the text is emphasized by the humorous illustrations)

  • The Brothers
    2019-06-06 19:24

    There's a lot of nostalgia for me with this book because I remember my mother reading it to me when I was little. Even so, I think it stills stands the tests of time. It's about a little raccoon (?) named Timothy who has to sit next to Claude at school. Claude is handsome, popular, and does everything just right and Timothy can't stand him! In the end, Timothy becomes friends with Violet who has the same problem with her table mate at school.Lovely illustrations.

  • Asia
    2019-05-31 16:13

    I am attached to the earlier editions of this story -- the illustrations have a much better flow and really help tell the story. They look more modern now, but I think they were so much more beautiful before. Great book for children that may be shy or are having a hard time fitting in at school. I love Timothy, I just love him so much more in the older editions.

  • jacky
    2019-06-15 19:28

    What an awesome book about fitting in. It is so sad to see Timothy's joy for school slowly diminish. I really liked that the friend he makes is a girl, too. I guess you could say that Timothy and Grace are being a bit mean laughing about Claude and Grace, but I think this is realistic. The whole story is realistic, though simplified.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-23 18:07

    This was a little bit of a let down. As a child I watched the television series and thought that this book would be more like that, but I must agree that it was the starting point that sent the whole thing into motion. I do love Timothy! I'm also glad that the cartoon remained true to the illustrations of his classmates.

  • E
    2019-05-30 15:18

    A very good story, though I was a bit too young when I first read it to grasp the idea of classroom rivalry. Whenever I read it to my German pre-school classes, the kids also seem a bit confused about the issues of jealousy and social cliques, so it's probably best for elementary kids who are more focused on what their peers think.

  • Kaye
    2019-06-05 13:33

    Timothy always has the wrong clothes. "Nobody's perfect but Claude". His mother always tries to make it "right", but finally Timothy learns to make friends and be accepted. Colorful pictures. Good book for the beginning of school. Child could read the book to telling the story using the 2000

  • Tori Davenport
    2019-06-06 19:12

    This is a super cute book about Timothy's first day at school. First day of school he meets another boy and they don't get along the other boys mean him and won't play with him. All Timothy wants is a new friend. This is a super cute book that I would read to my students on the first day of school, show them how to act and how not to act towards their new friends.

  • Deirdre Keating
    2019-06-11 11:11

    I checked this out to read to my little guy who is starting preschool next month, and it turns out to be about a not so nice kid at school who makes Timothy crazy. He finds a friend in the end, but not what I was looking for as an into to the world of school.

  • Kayla
    2019-06-17 17:13

    I really wish Timothy's mother had encouraged him to stand up for himself instead of helping him try to appease a rude kid. Glad he was able to find a good friend in the end (even though they were bonding over who they didn't like in class).

  • Umfaa
    2019-06-02 13:12

    Bonolo and I have wonderful conversations about making friends and feelings whenever we read this book. He really sympathizes with Timothy and criticizes the friendship that Timothy makes. He says he is just happy that Timothy finds a friend.

  • Allison
    2019-06-17 17:07

    First let me tell you my favrot charactor. he is timothy!The resoin he is my favroit is because he is the main charector.:)

  • Rachel Rouleau
    2019-05-28 13:18

    I just love everything by Rosemary Wells. Her illustrations are so funny and adorable.

  • Susan
    2019-06-15 17:32

    Good story for evidence based debate during read aloud, especially when paired with Ruby and the Copycat. Does Timothy really solve his problem in the end and/or show personal growth?