Review: A New School Year Uses Poetry To Show It Is Common To Have First-Day Jitters

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It’s the first day of school for me today and I definitely am ready for the school year to start. I am going into fifth grade, so it’s my last year in my elementary school!

I am usually excited for school, but a lot of people get nervous. Today I’m reviewing a book that may help kids who get anxious about school. It is called A New School Year: Stories in Six Voices, by Sally Derby. It is a bunch of poems told from the view of six kids all going into different grades in the same school, and they worry about a lot of different things.  For example, one of them, the kindergartner, hid his teddy bear’s jacket in his pant pocket so he would have something to make him feel safe at school. Another one, the first grader, is scared that he has to learn everything all over again, and he is nervous he will make a mistake. This book also shows how they solve their problems.

I liked this book because it shows it is normal for people to have problems or anxiety at school. The problems in this book were such real problems, I felt like this could have been a non-fiction book.  I felt that one of the characters, fifth-grader Mia, was really like me, because she really likes to read before school like me and was almost late to school because of it. This book was written in poetry and I thought that was a cool way to tell their stories.

I recommend this book to readers who are nervous for school to start, and for people who like reading poems. This book will help them wash the anxiety away. This book is perfect for students in kindergarten-fifth grade to enjoy. I enjoyed it, and I think my little brother would too.

I give this book three out of four roses!

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