I am a little late but here’s a cute back to school story. I am sure some children are still feeling their way with the new class/building/teacher. And the winner of last week’s TOBY giveaway is Jarie Waterfall, who needs to email me her address! 🙂
Title: A Tiger Tail (Or What Happened to Anya on Her First Day of School)
Author and Illustrator: Mike Boldt
Publisher: Simon and Schuster for Young Readers, 2016
Themes. Back to school, tiger’s tail, making friends, creativity
Book received from publisher in exchange for an impartial review
Anya woke one day…
Only to discover,
That overnight, she had grown…
It’s the first day of school and what could be worse than waking up to discover you’ve grown a tiger’s tail overnight? Not only that, but your parents are completely unphased and think it goes well with your humorous streak and the other kids will love it. Anya tries physical solutions, evasive solutions, creative solutions…. But the answer to her dilemma is waiting for her at school!
Why I like this book:
This is a super funny and silly and creative story about any kid overcoming those first day of school jitters that even the most confident kids with super cool supportive parents have, right?! I love this humor and I think kids will too. I especially like how the parents do all the right comforting things like telling her how wonderfully the tail matches her hair!! Any kid can see around these! For all kids but especially those who feel different! 🙂
I appreciated how the author also demonstrates how those very things about ourselves we don’t like can be the avenues into new friendships.
Have each child paint themselves with some extraneous animal part as their portrait to put up on the classroom walls!
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