My wife and I bought this book as a gift for our grand daughter, who was about to begin kindergarten. Since she has been enrolled in a structured day care program for several years, the idea of going off to school was less daunting for her than it might be for other youngsters. Nonetheless, my grand daughter and I both thoroughly enjoyed the story as I read it to her. As adults, we know that the first day of school can be a scary event for young children. Instead of talking about the experiences of those children, the author cleverly tells the same story through the "eyes" of a new school about to open its doors to children for the first time. What a great idea, as the child does not have to relate to any other youngster in particular, thinking to himself/herself, "but that's not me." Instead, the very school itself can be the child's alter ego, and the notion that even the school is jittery on the first day of class can be reassuring when the child walks into his/her building for the first time.
Teachers and parents are always in need of some great back-to-school books. One of my new favorites is Adam Rex’s picture book called School’s First Day of School.
The challenge with back-to-school books is that they can get pretty blah and repetitive. They all have the same plot. Students are starting a new school year and everyone is nervous. School’s First Day of School follows this same premise, but with an Adam Rex twist! The entire story is told from the perspective of the school, and the school is named “School!”
It’s just adorable!
School is a brand new school, and she is nervous to have the students arrive. She confides her nerves to her best friend the janitor. The janitor offers her some support and encouragement before she begins her new year.
In the beginning, School does not like the kids that have arrived at her school. They are noisy, and they make such a mess. But as children so often do, they slowly start to win over School. Through the love of one little, freckled-face girl, School’s heart beings to open up to those she shares her walls with.
In the end, School may just learn to be happy that she is a school.
This is adorable! Perfect for first days of school. I am an elementary school Media Specialist and each year I like to read a new book to create excitement for school or the library. This is perfect because have you ever thought about the first day from the school's perspective? What great discussions we are going to have after reading this! I especially love the fire drill scene. Empathy is a big theme in the story as well as embarrassment and pride. Of course award winning illustrator Christian Robinson's pictures are delightful also. I read a lot of picture books but they don't all make me giggle out loud with joy as I'm reading like this one. My students are in for a treat and I can't wait!
I ordered two of these books for my granddaughters who were beginning kindergarten. Upon reading them through, however, I did not like some of the themes represented in the book. First, the school experiences being ridiculed by some of the older kids, who say they "hate school." Then, a small girl (a kindergarten student) is afraid and doesn't want to attend school at all. She later says she doesn't like school. It all wraps up OK, but I felt it created the expectation that school is not liked by kids. Not a good message to give to a child who is looking forward to her first day of kindergarten!
I read all the glowing reviews and purchased this book - and I agree! For all the reasons others have stated, I also give it 5 stars and will read it on the first day to my Kindergartners! Preschool and 1st grade would also enjoy it!
Simple story but very relate-able to a kid's first day, esp. kinder or 1st grade ages -- but told from the perspective of the school. The illustrations are fun to look at. Both myself and 6 year old daughter enjoyed this story as a "getting ready for school to start" book.