Monday, August 13, 2012

ENRICO STARTS SCHOOL by Charlotte Middleton

Lexile     Not Rated               Pages     32               Ages     4 - 6
 AR Quiz No. 80669 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 3.4 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

Enrico the cat is five years old.  He has mastered riding a two-wheeler, he makes an awesome sardine and lobster-jelly sandwich, and he is an excellent wind-up mouse catcher.  Despite his confidence in his abilities, Enrico now faces a new challenge that has him a little afraid - it is time for him to start school.  He is unsure how to approach making new friends and he is too shy to participate in class, afraid of giving a wrong answer and looking silly.  When his first few attempts to make friends fail, Enrico's little brother, Chico, suggests that he just be himself.  What a novel idea! 

Enrico starts participating in class and instead of approaching the other children and trying to fit in, he starts playing by himself and lets the others come to him. In the end he has made a new best friend, Pepe, who has interests similar to his own.

The first day of school is such a scary time for many children.  Enrico Starts School gives you a way to discuss with them some of the issues they may encounter and possible ways of dealing with them.  I personally think the lesson of "To thine own self be true" is one of the most valuable lessons we can teach our children - to not do something they are uncomfortable with in order to be accepted.

With its simple, boldly colored illustrations, Enrico Starts School will help your child transition from preschooler to kindergartner in a happy, giggly way.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Enrico Starts School can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

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