Last week the peeps at Penguin sent me this gorgeous book in the mail.
The night it arrived, I read it to Miss Pepper about six times.
The next day she took it to show and share at school and her teacher read it to the class a few times.
And since then we've read it a few more times together and she's taken it off and read it by herself a couple of times too.
It really is the most gorgeous book.
The words, the details, the pictures, the characters, the emotion....(yes I might have cried a bit the first time I read it).
And it is thorough! It covers so much of what we have experienced when our three have started school. And then it covers so much more than I ever thought of.
Like, it never occurred to me that going to the toilet at school might be a big and scary thing. Miss Pepper says she always knew where it was because we showed her, but that it is really confusing sometimes to work out which toilet is actually empty.
And I never thought of practising opening and closing a lunch box.
Or that there would be so many names. And personalities. And ways....
This book is filled to the brim with cute little preppy things.
Miss Pepper can relate to almost all of it. And the bits that she hasn't personally experienced, she can tell me stories about the kids who have.
Miss Pepper's teacher said she thought it was a really realistic picture of what starting school was like.
I think the teacher in the book looks like Miss Pepper's teacher and I was pleased to see a little girl in the book's class with long plaits down her back.
We think it would be great to read to children preparing for school and also to those already there.
If you think you know just the child to share this book with please leave a comment below.
We have three copies to send to three lucky people!
(Australian residents only. Sorry.)
Please make sure you include a way for me to contact you.
And we'll announce the winners on Friday. Yay!
Happy Tuesday lovely people.
You gotta be in it to win it!