Danbi Leads the School Parade

Viking. Jul. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780451478894.
PreS-Gr 2–Danbi, an immigrant from Korea, is feeling anxious on her first day of school in America. Her heart pounds as she enters the classroom. Everyone stares at her. Even though many of the class activities and games are new, she participates as best as she can. During lunchtime, kids are curious about how to use her chopsticks, so she shows them and then leads them on a musical parade around the school. Kim, a debut author, has created detailed illustrations in soft colors, highlighting Danbi’s fears and then the brighter spots in a brand new setting.
VERDICT A sweet and helpful book for children who are nervous about moving or starting a new school—or any big change.

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