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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.

The Book

July 1, 2005
Children's [Ages 4-8]
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The Reviewer

Brenda Weeaks
Reviewed 2005
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