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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
Summary: A teacher and her young students do lots of interesting things together during the week. Students and daily activities are preschool/Kindergarten age. From painting to learning letters/numbers, to playing outside, the teacher helps the students learn, have fun, and stay safe. This is a great introduction to a child starting school, or even starting a new school.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 6
Reading Level: 1.8
Age of Child: Read with three boys, ages 18 months, 3 years old, and 5 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: My 3 year old liked the book, and my 18-month-old liked the illustrations. My 5-year old liked the book, but he was a little old for it. (He is going into Kindergarten, but has had 3 years of preschool at 2 different schools.)
Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the book. It portrayed school as a very safe feeling environment, which I think would be quite comforting to a child who has anxiety about starting school. The activities look like fun play, new and interesting, and the teacher is very sweet, smiling, and always present and protective. The pictures are bright, colorful, and fun. If my 5 year old had never been to preschool, I think it would have been more appropriate.
Pros: Fun pictures and great rhymes make this book attractive to young ears. The subject is very comforting to kids anxious about starting school.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is best read prior to starting school and throughout the first month or so. It is a delightful book, so it may keep its charm well into the school year. It may be worth purchasing if this is the case, or if you have younger kids who will grow into it, too.
Educational Themes: Whether you read it word for word or explore the pictures, you can talk about starting a new school — things to expect, and how to behave nicely.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.