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Thursday, 5 January 2017

Review: School's First Day of School

OK, we need to talk about this book. This book is important in more ways than one, and I'll get to that in just a moment.

The story is told from the perspective of a brand new school which has been personified through its expression of feelings, curiosity and confusion.

The school has no idea what school is for, but once children arrive, it becomes clear. However, the children are sad and nervous at first too, and hesitant to embrace the school.

As the day progresses, the children begin to see what school is for, and so does the school itself. The tale is unique and kind, if 'kind' is a word I could use to describe a story.

What really pumps me up about this book is that, on top of the story, which is glorious in and of itself, the beautifully written tale manages to illicit empathy in its young readers, and that is what, in my humble opinion, makes this book so powerful.

Rex's writing is both quiet and loud at the same time and each sentence is profound. So, too, are Robinson's illustrations, which somehow perfectly complement Rex's tone.

School's First Day of School is absolutely lovely, and the perfect book for kids who are feeling anxious about their first day.

Title: School's First Day of School 
Author: Adam Rex 
Illustrator: Christian Robinson 
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press, $ 27
Publication Date: 28 June 2016 
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781596439641
For ages: 3 - 6
Type: Picture Book 


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