Starting School (Picture Puffin) Paperback – 2 Aug 1990
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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
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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Despite having a bit of an old-fashioned look to it, schools in general haven't changed THAT much for this to be irrelevant - it's not.
We follow a whole group of children as they start school for the first time - we see their first day and all the new experiences that entails (though if your child has attended a nursery, it all looks quite familiar). We see them returning for their second day and going to lessons they've never had before (music and movement), and learn to deal with problems - a banged knee, a lost hat.
As time goes on we see pictures of new things the children do (watching television programmes, weighing things, going to assembly, baking, swimming). Each illustration is an opportunity to talk to your child about theier own experiences and what each might be like.
Halloween and Christmas are also covered, as well as harrassed teachers and sick children. The book ends with the term and a traditional Nativity play and party, then the children go home for the holidays.
You get a good feel for the passing of time, and the fact that school is every DAY, a lesson children will need to learn!
Personally, not too keen on the inclusion of prayers in the assembly page (probably out-of-date now), but really like seeing the range of new activities, and the variety of children we follow. My son seemed to be looking out for particular children in the pictures, and was happy to talk about the exciting things he might do when he starts school next month.
It's a good length for bedtime, it could be quite a long read if you talk about every page though.
Beautifully illustrated as always, and almost every school situation you would want your child to be familiar with is covered.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Received as a gift, my daughter loves this book. It covers pretty comprehensively what starting school may involve. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anon
Highly recommend if your little one is starting school.
My daughter loves this book and has been asking for it every night. Read more
Nice but like others on this topic: no mention of uniforms and all the activities sound like nursery?Published 1 month ago by Melissa Addey
I bought this book for my 3year old preschooler to introduce the idea of school to her and she lPublished 2 months ago by Miss T L Nguyen
I found this book a very useful tool in helping to prepare my child for school. There were good talking points to help dispel any anxietyPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fab book, bought for 4 year old starting school this September and he often asks to read it. Good to familiarise them with school routinesPublished 2 months ago by Shoegal