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I really like to read this story to my class at the beginning of the new school year. I needed a new copy and was disappointed when my copy arrived with a white substance all over the front cover. I didn't have time to get a new copy so I cleaned it the best I could. It looked like paint. I would have given 5 stars if the book didn't have the white substance all over the cover.
I'm disappointed. It's definitely not how I thought it would be.
Basically, Sarah is apprehensive to go to school. She finally get's to school after her DAD nags her enough about it and the Principal walks her to her class room, just for us readers to find out that she's actually the nervous Kindergarten teacher.
There's really not much of a point to the book, it didn't help my daughter overcome or deal with any Kindergarten anxiety and it didn't keep her attention. I would return this book if I didn't have to pay the shipping. It may just go up on Ebay.
I do recommend I am Absolutely Too Small For School (Charlie and Lola). My daughter loved it, I liked it and it actually goes through some true feelings and anxieties about the first day of school.
Great book....horrible packaging. The spine was bent and broken when I got it and the book had actually torn through the package. It came in a standard bubble envelope. I ordered a similar book and it came in a small flat box and it was perfect.
It's a cute story, but not my pick as a first grade teacher. throughout the book someone doesn't want to get up for school. You can't see the persons face as the "dad" tried everything to convince them to get up. It turns out it's the teacher who was so nervous about her first day she wouldn't get out of bed. The joke was above my students heads. I think the book is better used for talking about being nervous rather than a first day of school read aloud (at least not in 1st grade).