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Summary: It is time to get ready for school. Over the summer Nicholas' feet grew, so he needs new shoes. Nicholas didn't like his messy hair, so he went with his dad to get it cut. While he was there, he saw his friend Charlie. He and Charlie hope they're in the same class this year. The Mrs. Madoff picture books help kids "wrap their brain" around life at school.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 8 and up
Young Reader Reaction: I remember my first day of first grade. I was so nervous because I was in a new school. I was scared because I thought people would be mean to me. In first grade I met Ashley, who has been my friend ever since. [We're in high school now.]
This book is good for all ages. It is mostly for parents to read with their kids to help them visualize their first day of school. But I read it several times and shared it with my family, and we shared and relived our first-day-of-school experiences.
Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Pros: Whether kids are nervous or excited, this is a perfect choice to help get them focused on going back to school.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. If your child is heading to preschool, it may be worth buying to have for back-to-school reading for several years.
Educational Themes: This is a book that can help open discussions with kids about their feelings on going back to school. For children who struggle with organization or stress, having a "list" of things (haircut, buying a backpack and lunchbox, getting shoes) can help ease anxiety.
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.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, school, growing up, series
Date(s) Reviewed: November 2013
Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews found at the time of this review. See reader feedback at barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com.