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What I Read This Week…
School's First Day of School by Adam Rex
The story in this picture book tells about the first day of school from the perspective of a newly-built school, Frederick Douglas Elementary. After spending the summer with only the janitor, the school feels a little uneasy about being filled with teachers and children. School is a charming character, showing empathy and humor and learning something about himself. The illustrations are lovely, as well, showing the school with just a hint of a smile. This is a creative spin on the first day of school story that I think would be fun to read to students at the start of the school year.
This is a nonfiction picture book with a lot of voice, including both facts and humor. The book provides interesting information with just enough disgusting facts to engage young readers. Cartoon-like illustrations and speech bubbles add to the fun of reading this book. I can imagine putting this book on display in my room and it being grabbed up by students within minutes. There are many possibilities for using this book to teach informational writing, as well.
I was lucky enough to win a Twitter contest and receive this book directly from the author who inscribed it for me. I had been looking forward to reading it as it was the first title on my summer reading list. The story is told through the perspective of a class of fifth graders and written as a series of one-two page poems. The story reveals how the students feel about the fact that their school is being torn down to be replaced with a grocery store and what they choose to do about it. The characters in the story are also dealing with issues, such as divorce and financial hardship, to which students in many of our classrooms can relate. The story, told in a unique way, is interesting and engaging.