Brand-new Pencils, Brand-new Books
by Diane deGroat
It's the first day of school. Gilbert is going to 1st grade and his sister Lola is going
to preschool. Gilbert packs up his brand-new pencils and books while Lola packs her stuffed
rabbit. What's in store for the two as they head off to school? Will they be late? Will
Principle Pug be angry if they are? What will they do in class? So much pressure on the
first day of school!
This is the perfect back-to-school read. DeGroat's colorful illustrations will capture
young readers' attention as mom or dad share a sweet, encouraging tale about Gilbert and
his first day in Mrs. Byrd's class. DeGroat's critter illustrations are adorable. The
scenes on the playground, in the lunchroom, and in the class are the perfect way to show
youngsters that everyone has their strengths and weakness and that's okay.