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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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?
Haha, yes imagine if our shoes could talk! I don’t know if I want my shoes to be too adventurous. Thanks for stopping by Sue.
Now that is a twist on the first day of school jitters. Love the nervous shoes! Sounds very entertaining for kids.And helpful!
Hi Pat, yes it is a great twist to the first day of school. I couldn’t help but smile all the way through reading this.
Kids will love this! A cute take on first-day jitters.
Hi Darlene yes it is a great little story and so cute.
I love these unusual/atypical approaches to calming first day jitters.
Hi Maria glad you dropped by. Yes this is quite a unique look at first day of school. Great for kids.