... a first month of school journey.

Summary:

Annalina is nervous. Her first day of Kindergarten is tomorrow, and she doesn't want to go to Big School. So she shares her thoughts and fears starting on September 1, the day before the first day of school. For the first few days, she writes updates a couple of times a day. Then she shares just one entry a day until, at the end of September, she is too busy to write anymore.


Parent Perspective:
This is a book I would have wanted to have before my daughter's first days of preschool, kindergarten, and even first grade. Annalina most certainly would have been a friend, First, they both share a long name they wanted to shorten. Second, she would have loved Anna's imagination and pretending. Last but not least, she would have connected through the emotions Annalina described.

The author did a fantastic job seeing the world through a young child's eyes. Even though Annalina is the main character, this is not a "girl book." Young boys imagine many of the same things and have all the same feelings. The illustrations - especially the lined paper background - are fun. The balance of "real" and imaginary (crocodile, outer space, etc.). is perfect for this audience.

Because kids will outgrow it, I am more inclined tto recommend borrowing Kindergarten Diary,but to be honest, I could easily buy it, too. It's not just a back-to-school story. 


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Meet your kindergartner's next literary BFF. Annalina's "diary" is the visualization of a young child's thinking. This slice-of-life story brings together emotions, imagination, friendship, and growing up in a fun, engaging story. 

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Type of Book:
This is a picture book where preschoolers and rising kindergartners will see themselves and find a friend.
Educational Themes:

Ask your child about the book. If Annalina were in their class, how would they help her feel comfortable? Talk about the things Annalina did during her first month. Ask your child what kinds of things they saw they are looking forward to? Which ones still worry them?

Reading Level:
2.8
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow at least. If your child is truly fearful of starting school, consider buying and start reading 2 weeks before the first day of school.

Title Kindergarten Diary
Author Antoinette Portis
Publisher Harper, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 2010
Illustrators Antoinette Portis
ISBN 9780061456916
Material Hard Cover
Cost $12.99
Genres Emotions and Feelings, Journaling
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