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For today’s post, I am sharing two picturebooks that I originally planned to feature for our last theme on Fearless Females and Courageous Women. I was glad that both of these books still fit our current theme focusing on the Universal Republic of Childhood. Both books are a good resource for children who are just starting school. I like that these books reflect a child’s apprehension about going to school and also show younger readers that being in school can actually be fun and exciting.
Ally-saurus and the First Day of School
Author/Illustrator: Richard Torrey
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books (2015)
“Meet Ally-saurus, a little girl with a dinosaur’s spirit. She stomps around, chomps with fierce teeth, and loves to ROAR! But Ally-saurus is having a hard time on her first day of school. Her classmates each have their own strong personalities… especially the know-it-all princesses. Will Ally-saurus make new friends?”
Before anything else, let me just say that Ally-saurus and the First Day of School was so adorable! Richard Torrey’s charming narrative and superb drawings make this book enjoyable to read.
Ally-saurus is a little girl with a wild imagination. She goes to school in full dinosaur mode, only to realize how most of her classmates are so different from her. They are not as dinosaur-y as she is. As Ally-saurus thinks about her dinosaur buddies at home, she begins to feel lonely and isolated in school. That is, until three kids from her class join her at the lunch table. Ally-saurus soon realizes that everyone is different but it doesn’t mean that she can’t be friends with them!
Ally-saurus and the First Day of School does not only celebrate a child’s imagination. The book also helps children understand that, in school, they will meet different kinds of people. It encourages children to be open and accepting of others while finding joy in their own spirit and personality.
Edda: A Little Valkyrie’s First Day of School
Author/Illustrator: Adam Auerbach
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co (2014)
“Edda is a Valkyrie. She lives in a magical land called Asgard where she has everything she could want. Well… almost everything. Edda wants a friend her own age. Edda’s papa knows of a place where she can make friends…”
When I saw this title in our online catalog, I knew I must borrow a copy. Just like Ally-saurus and the First Day of School, Edda: A Little Valkyrie’s First Day of School is about a little girl who is attending school for the first time.
The book begins by giving a short description of Edda’s life in Asgard. She sometimes helps her Papa and big sisters hunt monsters. However, Edda wants to do more than just hunt monsters. Being the littlest Valkyrie, Edda wants to actually meet and talk to someone her age. Papa sends Edda to a place on Earth called school where Edda can find a friend her own age. It’s not easy for Edda being in school but she is able to manage, thanks to all her new friends!
By writing about Edda, Adam Auerbach creates an important character that preschoolers can relate to. Through Edda, the book explores how a child feels about going to school for the first time. As Edda’s story points out, being in school is different from being at home. Yet, school plays an important role in a child’s life because it is in school that they meet their first set of friends and it is also where they learn more about social rules, proper etiquette, good manners, and right conduct.