Little Owl’s First Day
32pp., pbk., RRP $A12.99
It’s Little Owl’s first day at preschool and he really doesn’t want to go. He is not excited and really dawdles through his morning routine, but with some bribery and persuasion he eventually goes. But he makes it very plain that he would rather stay home with Mummy and Little Owl. No matter what Miss Oopik offers him, he is not enthusiastic. While he participates his mind wanders so as he builds a rocket from scraps he imagines Mummy and Little Owl are going to the moon in their rocket while he is left behind; when she suggests playing with the musical instrument he imagines them spending their time playing in a rock band; and the water play suggests they are off on a pirate ship!
Will Little Owl actually settle into preschool, make friends and begin to enjoy himself?
As our youngest children start their transition days to preschool, many will be like Little Owl and be worried about leaving their mums and siblings. So this is the ideal time to share this story to acknowledge their concerns and reassure them that most little ones are afraid of the things they don’t know – they are not alone in their concerns. Meeting other children as well as book characters who feel as they do can offer support and give that boost of courage that is needed.
Debi Gliori always hits the right notes with her stories for little ones and Alison Brown’s soft, gentle illustrations are the perfect accompaniment.