Arthur's little sister has tips for Preschoolers


D.W., Arthur's little sister, takes us on a tour of her day at preschool. She welcomes us at morning drop-off and shares the activities and events of her day.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This book can help with going-to-school jitters and fear. The story offers a very realistic presentation of the parts to a typical preschool day. Children will likely recognize their classroom through the illustrations.

Content Awareness Factors:

The character introduces traits that many parents are trying to minimize (pointing out other people's shortcomings, bossiness, etc.).

Little Kid Reaction

Our child is an Arthur fan (on PBS Kids), but didn't really react to this book. S/He recognized many of the activities of the day as "just like me."

Big Kid Reaction

The premise for easing a child's first day of school is great. If the story stuck to the basics and didn't include D.W.'s sassy or judgemental remarks, this would be more fun to read. We just don't need to see the need to introduce sarcasm or point fingers to what OTHER children aren't doing right or wrong to toddlers and preschoolers.

Type of Book:
This is a picture book to explain life in preschool.
Educational Themes:

The story is, essentially, about what children do in preschool. The event-driven presentation is helpful for explaining the daily routine and can be useful in helping children adjust to this big step in their lives.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Read with 4-year-old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow it or Skip it. The Arthur series on PBS Kids offers great stories and lessons about life and friendship. This book, though, falls short as it is truly as "me" oriented as the D.W. you see on TV

Title D.W.'s Guide to Preschool
Author Marc Brown
Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers © 2006
Illustrators Marc Brown
ISBN 0316013153
Material Hard Cover
Cost $5.99
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