Tis that time of year: Little Hoo Goes to School by Ponnay

This short read-aloud articulates many of the fears that a child could experience when thinking about the first day of school. Each anxiety is given an airing and a reassurance. Using an animal rather than a human may make it easier for a child to obliquely acknowledge his or her own concerns. I felt that this book’s strength lay in recognizing the concerns that a child might feel. However, in addition to providing reassurance the book might have benefited from talking about the routine and structure of the school day so as to help a child to know what to expect.

The illustrations were simple and colorful. They added to the text.

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