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Setting the right tone - first days at a new school
Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2018
This is a gentle, optimistic, and realistic introduction to the challenges that can confront younger kids at a new school. Think kindergarten to second grade, perhaps third. Parents can read it to their kids to open the door to a conversation as the new school year starts (“…But Mom, what happens if…?), or during the year when problems crop up. It acknowledges problems could occur and suggests a coping strategy.
It’s a great book for teachers to read to their classes, to start a conversation on acceptance.
It’s versatile; it can support kids who 1) have a different skin color; 2) don’t speak English well; 3) have a disability; 4) aren’t athletic; 5) stutter; 6) are poor; 7) are either shy or too loud to cover their nervousness; 8) eat different food or have a food allergy; 9) just moved from the city/country…See where I’m heading? It’s for all kids, because everyone has something they're nervous about.
I liked this book for many reasons and I couldn’t fail to notice the author is a poet. While the book is not a poem, the words flow like a river. And the pictures are colorful and friendly. Enjoy reading this with your youngsters.