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review 2018-02-21 05:14
The Berenstain Bears Go to School by Stan and Jan Berenstain
The Berenstain Bears Go to School (First Time Books(R)) - 'Stan Berenstain', 'Jan Berenstain'

The Berenstain Bears Go to School by Stan and Jan Berenstain is a cute and relatable story on Brother and Sister Bears's fear of the first day of school. This book paints the picture of the first day of school that many readers, no matter how young or old, have painted once before. This book has an excellent message that no matter how scary something may seem, take a chance and you may be pleasantly surprised.

 

This is such a lighthearted and warming story that is inviting for young readers who are beginning school. I would read this book on the first day of school, especially if my students are Kindergarteners. After reading this book, I would connect it to a first day of school activity that allows students to share a little something about themselves. In higher grades, this book could be connected with decoding text to find the central message or finding the traits of characters.

 

Lexile: 520L
Accelerated Reader Level: 3.2

 
 
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review 2016-09-03 18:21
A Bad Case of Stripes
A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon

Written and illustrated by David Shannon

 

Camilla loves lima beans. However, she fears the judgement of her peers, so she does not eat them. When she tries to fit in with the other students at school, rainbow stripes pop up on her body. Throughout the story, her appearance changes based on her surroundings and even on suggestions shouted out by her peers. When the cure is finally discovered, it will surprise everyone!

 

This book would be great for the beginning of the school year with first grade to third grade to open a discussion about diversity and self-image.

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