School of Fish

Simon Spotlight/S. & S./. Jul. 2019. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534438897.
PreS-Gr 1–The first day of school can be stressful for everyone. Being away from home and making new friends can be tough. This beginning reader follows a brave little fish ready for the first day of school. His bag is packed, and he leaves his parents without a tear. His mantra is, “I’m silver. I’m cool./I’m off to school.” Like most new students, the fish starts to become afraid of the unknown once he’s away from home. “But what’s ahead?/It’s cold. It’s dark./I see the head/of a great big shark.” How does he cope? He counts to 10 and thinks about calm seas. And it works. He relies on this technique more than once during the day.
VERDICT Yolen offers brand-new readers a simple and delightful story that’s perfect for children heading to school for the first time

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