Thursday, June 14, 2012
Five books that are perfect to prepare for that first day at school
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 11:52 AM Labels: Cactus Annie, Daisy the Cow, First Days at School, Little Princess, Splat the Cat, Top Five, Topsy and TimIt's probably one of the most important days in your child's life. That first step over the threshold of their new school. "Big" school, not Nursery or Preschool. Charlotte's about to take that step and she's understandably nervous (to say nothing of how ' cat on hot bricks' my wife and I are!) So recently we've been piling through several books designed to soothe the nerves, showing how the bookworld's favourite characters got on when they first started school.
Here's a top five of our favourites (in no particular order).
1) "I Want a Friend! (A Little Princess Book)" by Tony Ross
we first reviewed this book, we weren't quite prepared for just how sensitively (and cleverly) this book deals with a child's first nerve-racking day at school. The Princess goes incognito, and soon finds it quite hard to make new friends and settle in. But she's not the only child there with the same problem - and soon enough, the Little Princess learns that sometimes you might not find a friend when you're looking really hard - they might find you instead.
Very touching little book, probably the best LP book to date.
2) First Week at Cow School by Andy Cutbill and Russell Ayto
Funny and colourful. We loved it.
3) Topsy and Tim Start School by Jean Adamson and Belinda Worsley
This book shows what happens when the twins have their first day at school. Looking out for each other, and helping each other to take in the flurry of information that comes with their first day at school, Topsy and Tim find out that school is fun and interesting and nothing to be scared of. Of the books we looked at for this list, this is probably one of the books that probably matches most children's actual first school experience and one they can identify with more easily than most.
4) Cactus Annie by Melanie Williamson
Reading between the lines and dancing between the lovely illustrations from Melanie Williamson, the lessons in this book are exactly the same as the lessons all children will encounter at their proper school. Dressing things up in cowgirl clothes just makes it all more fun.
5) Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton
Lovely artwork and a great story from Rob.