It’s September and school’s started again. For some readers, it will be the first time they’ve been to pre-school or kindergarten and that first day can be scary. Here’s a picture book that’s bound to be reassuring to five-year-olds and even to pre-schoolers who’ve been wondering what kindergarten’s all about. A fearful Dexter takes his stuffed dog Rufus along (it’s Rufus who’s really the anxious one), but soon meets a friend, loves his pretty new teacher, and becomes caught up in classroom activities and playground fun with balls and slides—he’s so delighted he forgets to take Rufus home! Is Rufus lost? Author/illustrator Davis’s vivid crayon-like illustrations will remind readers of their own first day, while emphasizing round-eyed Dexter’s sense of drama and the perpetual motion that makes kindergarten rock. Fun for browsers or reading aloud! Ages 4 to 6.
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Recommended by: Barbara Talcroft
Barbara Talcroft reviews children’s books professionally for childrenslit.com and for Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. She has a Master’s degree in International Children’s Literature. She also has many years’ experience as a teacher. Barbara is one of the founders of LANTERN and its past chairperson.
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