Hurray! It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday and tomorrow is June!
What could be better?
I have a wonderful book to share today, and yes, it’s true that perhaps a book about the first day of school when we’re nearing the last day of school is a little out of order… 😊
But this book is too special not to be on Perfect Picture Books right now while I’m thinking about it! So get ready to enjoy!
Title: Butterflies On The First Day Of School
Written By: Annie Silvestro
Illustrated By: Dream Chen
Sterling Children’s Books, May 7, 2019, fiction
Suitable For Ages: 3-8
Themes/Topics: first day of school, nerves/anxiety
Opening: “A month before school, Rosie picked out her very first backpack. It was covered with flowers, and she loved it with all her heart.
She paraded around proudly. ‘Don’t worry,’ she told her sister, Emily. ‘Someday you’ll be big enough to go to school like me.’ ”
Brief Synopsis: Rosie can’t wait for her very first day of school, but when the big day arrives, she’s suddenly unsure. “Maybe I’d better stay home,” she tells her mom. But with gentle encouragement from her parents, she heads off to school and discovers that she is not the only one with butterflies in her tummy.
Links To Resources: Butterfly Activities for Preschoolers; 5 Circle Time Lessons About Emotion; pair with First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg and/or The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn and/or Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney
Why I Like This Book: This sweet story is one every young reader can relate to. Even if they don’t suffer a moment’s trepidation about going off to school, they are bound to have butterflies in their stomachs at some point about something! Grown-ups too 😊 I particularly loved how the butterflies were released, one or two at a time, as Rosie (and other characters in the story) bravely tried new things, their success allowing the butterflies to fly away. I won’t give away the lovely ending – you have to read it because it’s so perfect! I dare any mom not to get a little teary! 😊
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂
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