Written by: Jennifer Lloyd
Illustrated by: Qin Leng
Published by: Simply Read Books
Published on: June 10, 2013
My kids started back to school for their second semester yesterday, but in Canada I expect most kids are starting today after the Labour Day holiday. I can't wait to see my friends' pictures of rosy cheeked kindergarten students on the morning of their big day!
Kindergarten is a big step. Although in Japan it is a generally 3-year school independent of elementary schools, in Canada kindergarten is the first step in the public school journey. I can't imagine how big kids in Grade 6 look to the littles starting kindergarten!
I'm sure there are some kindy kids who are apprehensive about their new journey, and for them I would recommend this book about the joys of kindergarten.
Lloyd introduces a caring and talented teacher in Ms. Appleby (actually it's Mrs. in the book, the only detractor for me- it should not matter to 5 year olds whether or not their teacher is in a legal state of matrimony or not). She takes her students through the last day of kindergarten, asking them to reflect on their favourite memories. It's Ms. Appleby's favourite thing that makes the book though.
Qin Leng (The Stone Hatchling) is always great at bringing movement into a 2D book, and this suits the chaotic environment of a kindergarten class to a t!
It might seem odd to recommend a book about finishing kindergarten to kids who are just starting- but all kids of this age can identify with the excitement of the classroom and the love of a good teacher.