Irene's Picture Book Reviews

Picture Book Review

Posted on: November 24, 2010

     Sam and Gram and the First Day of School
       By: Dianne Blomberg, Ph.D.
       Illustrated by: George Ulrich
       Magination Press, 2009.

       
       Starting school for the first time can be very
       traumatic for children. This is a story devoted
       specifically for kids who are about to venture
       out to school for the first time. It shows how
       Grams can make it easier for kids to face that
       first day of school.
      
       Sam is used to spending his days with his
       grandmother while his parents are at work.
       However, now that he’s old enough to start
       school, he has to leave the warmth of his
       grandmother’s bosom. Despite her reassurances,
       he’s scared of this big, unfamiliar building as
       he approaches it. Once he gets into the building,
       however, things change for Sam. He makes friends,
       discovers many fun and exciting activities, and
       realizes that he’s not as scared and lonely as he
       thought he would be.
      
       The book can also be used as an educational tool
       for parents since it includes a special section
       that will help them prepare their children for
       the first day of school with enthusiasm and
       confidence. The illustrations are lively and
       bright. This book is a must read for parents,
       teachers, and the kids that are about to go to
       school for the very first time. 
       
       Reviewed by Irene S. Roth
      
       4 stars
       

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