Review: The King Of Kindergarten May Lessen First-Day Jitters

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A lot of kids are going to have a different school year experience because of the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of waiting at the bus stop at the start of their day, some will be waiting at their computer. They’ll be seeing their teacher through ZOOM or Google Meet instead of in-person. What’s really sad is that some kindergartners won’t fully experience being in a classroom full of kids, and meeting their teacher. It’s their first year of school, but it will mostly be virtual, or with people wearing masks.

Today, I’m reviewing a book called The King Of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes – it’s a sweet book about imagination and the first day of school.

It’s a boy’s first day, and to ease his nervousness, his mom says that he is the King of Kindergarten! Now he’s ready to walk into the doors of his school, meet the kids in his Kindergarten Kingdom, and learn the ABCs and numbers. His first day is going to be awesome, and it will be a day he will never forget. The story shows starting school can be scary, but it will be fun.

What I liked about the book was that it told the readers that the King of Kindergarten can be anyone listening to the story. Derrick Barnes talks directly to the readers, using third-person words like “you,” and “you’ll.” It also is written in the future tense, maybe to say that it will happen later. Another thing I liked was that it had a lot of cute references to kings and kingdoms, like “The morning sun blares through your window like a million brass trumpets,” and “…with a cloth bearing the family crest.”

This book is the perfect back-to-school read aloud for kids. Unfortunately, their first day of school may not be like the one in the story, but it’s an interesting book to read. It also teaches a good lesson on being kind and cooperative. If you like stories illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, too, you should definitely read this one!

I remember my first day of kindergarten, seven years ago. I was mostly excited – excited to make new friends and go to a new school. This is the kind of book I would’ve really wanted to read as a kid. My little cousin is starting kindergarten from home, and she loves this book.

I really loved this book! I rate it four out of four roses!

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