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I had purchased this book to help my child prepare for her first day of kindergarten. As I read the “surprise” ending, we both looked at each other with “um, well, that wasn’t what I expected and this was completely unhelpful” looks on our faces. Without giving the ending away, simply put, it isn’t a book you should get if the goal is to try to find something that is supposed to help ready your child for a new school.
I could not return the book, because I needed it for the first day of school this year. The book is a great book, but it came very damaged. The back of the book was ripped off, and what's weird is that the piece was not even inside the box it came in. Not sure what happened to the back cover of the book.
I was pretty disappointed in this book. The concept is that someone, you presume a child, is scared about their first day of school. The big surprise is that it is the teacher who is scared and the message is that even grownups are nervous. However, I think it would have been a much better book if it had incorporated some tips about how to deal with those nerves. Both me and my son were hanging at the end.
Not a huge fan. The illustrations aren't super kid friendly, and the story is pretty unrealistic. The teacher isn't there ahead of the students on the first day??? And this doesn't bother the principal? And the teacher doesn't want to go to school because she doesn't like the school she just got hired at? I regret buying this one for sure.