Roar and Sparkles Go to School

illus. by Ben Whitehouse. 40p. Running Pr. Kids. Jun. 2017.
PreS-Gr 1—Roar, a young dragon, is having a great summer. He loves swimming with sea monsters, making sandcastles (then smashing them with his tail), and playing with his big sister, Sparkles. He wishes it would never end. Roar also knows he will have to start school in the fall. The thought is worrisome and makes him think of so many questions. What if he has to breathe fire by himself or he has to fly over an exploding volcano? And worst of all, what if his teacher is a knight who doesn't like dragons, barbecues, or s'mores? His sister assures him that nothing bad will happen. When the day arrives, Sparkles helps him on the bus and holds his hand during the ride. She brings him to his classroom and patiently waits until he meets his teacher. Roar discovers that school isn't as scary as he had anticipated. This book helps to address some of the fears and concerns about starting school, and provides opportunities for discussions about a child's anxiety regarding this topic. The story also shows the strong bond between siblings and the importance of their help and support. The illustrations are large, extremely colorful, and humorous. Children will enjoy the flying dragon school bus and the fun things the dragons do. The text is strategically placed so it does not interfere with the pictures.
VERDICT This book will comfort young ones just starting school and show older siblings how they can help. A solid addition to most library collections.

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