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“No skill is more crucial to the future of a child, or to a democratic and prosperous society, than literacy.”
Summary: D.W., Arthur's little sister, takes us on a tour of her day at preschool. She welcomes us at morning drop-off and shares the activities and events of her day. This is a picture book to explain life in preschool.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, developing reader
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 6
Reading Level: 2.7
Age of Child: Read with 4-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Our child is an Arthur fan (on PBS Kids), but didn't really react to this book. S/He recognized many of the activities of the day as "just like me."
Adult Reader Reaction: The premise for easing a child's first day of school is great. If the story stuck to the basics and didn't include D.W.'s sassy or judgemental remarks, this would be more fun to read. We just don't need to see the need to introduce sarcasm or point fingers to what OTHER children aren't doing right or wrong to toddlers and preschoolers.
Pros: This book can help with going-to-school jitters and fear. The story offers a very realistic presentation of the parts to a typical preschool day. Children will likely recognize their classroom through the illustrations.
Cons: The character introduces traits that many parents are trying to minimize (pointing out other people's shortcomings, bossiness, etc.).
Borrow or Buy: Borrow it or Skip it. The Arthur series on PBS Kids offers great stories and lessons about life and friendship. This book, though, falls short as it is truly as "me" oriented as the D.W. you see on TV
Educational Themes: The story is, essentially, about what children do in preschool. The event-driven presentation is helpful for explaining the daily routine and can be useful in helping children adjust to this big step in their lives.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, school