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Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.
Max wants to feel needed, but no one wants his help with anything. Then his aunts show up for a visit—and they need his help with everything. Between making their snacks, running their baths, fixing their appliances, and preparing their beds, Max is exhausted. Will they ever leave so Max can get back to relaxing?
Mrs. Millie has lots of fun teasing her kindergartners. She tells them to hang up their goats, eat gorilla cheese sandwiches, and to remember to wear their bats and kittens when they go outside for recess. Coupled with hilarious artwork that literally interprets each of Mrs. Millie’s "mistakes," this lighthearted read-aloud sets a typical school day on its ear, even as it teaches a subtle lesson on wordplay.
Mrs. Millie is really silly. She loves to substitute animal words for other words when talking to her kindergarten class. On a class trip to Philadelphia, the kids board a "platypus" (school bus), "hold hens with their buddies" (hold hands with their buddies), and visit the "Liberty Bull" (Liberty Bell). The students love to laugh and correct their favorite teacher. What fun! Joe Mathieu's colored pencil, pen, and ink artwork literally interprets each of Mrs. Millie's "mistakes" and adds hilarity to this lighthearted read-aloud about the city of brotherly love.