All the apprehension about school "firsts" is playfully presented in these reassuring stories. In Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth, advice from a "knowledgeable" second grader has the first grade worry-wart convinced that her new teacher is really a 300-year old alien. In Countdown to Kindergaten, a five-year-old has 10 days until she starts kindergarten, and she's in trouble: she doesn't know how to tie her shoes.
Hunky Dory's mother always told her, "You'll be the wickedest witch wherever the four winds blow." And why not? She's at the top of her class in charm school. She can make flowers wilt like wet spaghetti. And she can turn any prince into a frog...but she always changes him back. That's when she knows she has a problem.
In Andy Shane and the Very Bossy Dolores Starbuckle, Andy dreads school, where all Dolores does is tattle on him, correct him, or attempt to outshine him in every area. With Granny's help, however, Andy stands up to Dolores in a way that empowers him and transforms her.