“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

Lena’s Shoes are Nervous – a first day of school dilemma

Written by: Keith Calabrese

Illustrated by: Juana Medina

Published by: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Ages:   4 – 8 years

Theme: Bravery, empowerment, fear

Opening Lines: Today is a big day. Today, Lena starts kindergarten. Lena is very excited.

Synopsis: In the tradition of School’s First Day of School, debut author Keith Calabrese and Pura Belpré Award winner Juana Medina share a sweet, universal story about a clever little girl whose shoes are nervous about the first day of school.

Lena doesn’t want to miss out on her first day of school, but she can’t go without her favorite shoes! How can she convince them to be brave?

Why I like this: A simple universal theme of first day of school jitters this has been cleverly pointed out not in Lena but in her shoes. Although Lena is excited about starting kindergarten her favourite shoes are not. Lena’s encouraging father allows Lena to think of solutions in solving the problem giving her empowerment while supporting her. Lovely mentor text through out with clear lined illustrations.

Resources/Findings:   Here are some great before first day jitters tips for teachers, students and parents…..     https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/blog-posts/shari-carter/tips-tame-first-day-jitters/

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About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.
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8 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

  1. Sue Heavenrich says:

    ha! the idea of convincing her shoes to be brave sounds too fun! I wonder if I can convince my shoes to take me on a wild adventure?

  2. Now that is a twist on the first day of school jitters. Love the nervous shoes! Sounds very entertaining for kids.And helpful!

  3. Darlene says:

    Kids will love this! A cute take on first-day jitters.

  4. I love these unusual/atypical approaches to calming first day jitters.

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