January 15, 2018

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School’s First Day of School | SLJ DVD Review

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redstarSchool’s First Day of School. 10 min. Weston Woods. 2017. $59.95. ISBN 9781338201574. POP

K-Gr 2 –School has just been built and he is looking good. However, now that it’s the first day of school, he’s a bit nervous. What’s going to happen? Things have been pretty quiet—just him and the janitor. Now everything is changing. Will the children like him? This is an amusing look at those first-day jitters. Adam Rex deftly captures the feelings of that momentous day in his picture book and expresses them from a wonderfully unique viewpoint. School’s feelings about himself are easily affected by the students’ opinions, much as a child’s might be. Yet as the students learn and grow, so does school. Christian Robinson’s quirky illustrations perfectly suit and expand this story and are gently animated for this production. Soft and bouncy background music adds to the multi-person narration. VERDICT This DVD will strike a chord with anyone facing a new experience. Its gentle humor and warm tones are reassuring and smile-tugging. Teachers will enjoy using it to lead discussion on adapting to new situations and the concept of personification.–Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA

This review was published in the School Library Journal December 2017 issue.

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