Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Book review - Come to school too, Blue Kangaroo! by Emma Chichester Clark

The summer school term might have just ended for many people, but for us it marks the beginning of the countdown to my son starting school in September. We're pretty much prepared when it comes to uniform and supplies, and he has had a couple of induction sessions, but I'm still on the lookout for some good books to share with him about starting school. Come to School too, Blue Kangaroo! by Emma Chichester Clark arrived for review at the perfect time.

The book features Lily, who is about to start at a new school. It's assumed, although not specified, that she is starting school for the first time, although this would also be a good book to read with young children that are changing to a different school. The book talks about the preparation that Lily's family help her with - buying new pencils, a school bag and a lunch box.

Like Lily and her Blue Kangaroo, my son has his own favourite cuddly toy so he could relate to the story. Although his giraffe won't be coming along to school with him, and we had to make that very clear from the start! Lily is worried that Blue Kangaroo might be a bit worried about starting school, but when Lily is having so much fun that she accidently leaves him behind overnight he has a great time doing all the fun things that he saw Lily doing during the day!

This is a great book to read with your child and discuss things that might be bothering them about starting school. Fortunately my son is more excited than anxious, and so we used the book to talk about all the fun things that he'll be doing during the school day - painting, sticking and building. It's a modern book, and the environments and routines described seem to match exactly those which my son will experience, which is perfect.

Reading books together is a great way to help children prepare for new experiences, and Come to School too, Blue Kangaroo! is ideal to share with your pre-school aged child.

We received a copy of the book to review, Amazon links are affiliate.

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