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Starting School (Picture Puffin) Paperback – 2 Aug 1990

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (2 Aug. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014050737X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140507379
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 22.9 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starting School, one more Janet and Allan Ahlberg book that gets everything right (Guardian)

The Ahlbergs belong, with A.A. Milne and Lewis Carroll, to the greatest tradition of children's books (Sunday Times) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Janet and Allan Ahlberg created some of the world's most popular picture books, including EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM and THE JOLLY CHRISTMAS POSTMAN, both winners of Greenaway Medals, and THE BABY'S CATALOGUE, inspired by their daughter Jessica. Janet died in 1994 and Allan, a former teacher, now lives in London.

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By G. Milner on 13 Jan. 2004
Format: Paperback
My little boy was given a few books about starting school - this was by far the best. We read it quite a few times before he started in reception, and he asked to read it a lot over the course of the first term. So much in the book was 'just like in my class' - it really struck a chord. This book is just perfect; I can't recommend it highly enough.
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 April 2005
Format: Paperback
Our local pre-school gives this book out every year to the children who are leaving to start school. The book follows several children as they start reception class through the first term up until Christmas. Whilst written as a childrens story book it is excellently thought out and very perceptive. My two older children were both given one and loved it! A great book to buy before your child starts school, and a good starting point for parents who wish to prepare their young child for that big step!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
A great book for pre-schoolers. Goes carefully and simply through many possible anxieties about school. Cleverly doesn't raise worries - just presents situations which might cause anxiety and illustrates how they aren't a problem. For example, some children in the story only want to "think about" doing something rather than to actually "do it".
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By ruth e gladwin on 23 Sept. 2001
Format: Paperback
My third child (Millie) is going to start school in a couple of months and so I got this book out again and as we read it I was reminded of just how good a book it is. The illustrations are clear and detailed and the story is calm and interesting. My older children (6 and 8 year olds) were reminded of their own first days at school and it prompted them to discuss the reception class with Millie. A lot of books just deal with the first day or week but this one takes you through the first term, giving the child the promise of variety and excitment. Over that period of time things do go wrong (from spilt paint to chicken pox) and we see that everyone is able to cope. I would also recommend The Anholts' "Billy and the Big New School" and Shirley Hughes' "Lucy and Tom go to School", though the second is a bit old fashioned (includes getting free school milk!).
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "diannemitchell27" on 25 Feb. 2003
Format: Paperback
This book introduces the world of school in a colourful and child friendly way. It deals with most activities the child will encounter, taking them through the first day, week, month and term. I've always used it with my new Reception class when they came on their induction days to ease them into school life.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Oct. 2003
Format: Paperback
It's so difficult to explain new concepts to little ones and it helps to have visual hooks and scenarios they can relate to. This book provides all that. I knew it had all been worthwhile when on her first morning my daughter said "now you leave don't you mummy, like in my book" - and she didn't cry, because she understood that she, like all the children in the book, would be dropped off for a day of new experiences (some good, some bad) and would then be collected. Particularly good is the way in which it teaches how school is an ongoing process, day by day and term by term. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It was just perfect in vocabulary and illustration.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ogbeni on 11 Jan. 2012
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A truly delightful tale. I'm not sure who likes this book the most, the children or myself! Very evocative (for me) with outstanding artwork in such fine detail. Oh yes, the children liked it by the way! Should be a staple for all infant schools and parents. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W on 13 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
As a nervous Mum to a 4 year old who was very reluctant to start school this Sept I read the previous reviews and have to echo what they say. A great book to get kids talking about starting school and into their first term up to Christmas.
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