32pp., pbk., RRP $A14.99
It’s a day like no other – the first day of school. Together mother and daughter get ready – waking early, having a special breakfast of pancakes and fruit salad, getting dressed, new shoes, washing and scrubbing, packing bags – all the routines that will become familiar as the novelty wears off and school becomes the place you go to every day.
But while this is a theme that has been done in so many ways in so many stories, this one has a particular twist that will not only heighten its appeal to parents but also give pause for thought. Is it only the child who is encountering new environments and experiences?
Daddo has a knack for taking the unusual within the usual and turning it into a story while Bentley’s illustrations are just perfect.
One for both preschool and school libraries that can be used to provoke discussion on those transition days, encourage new friendships and perhaps even initiate a follow-up, catch-up, how-are-you-coping meeting that can help overcome anxiety and isolation in the community.