Zalben's honesty and pragmatic tone will put young readers at ease. . . A terrific tale to take the sting out of the first-day-of-school separation anxieties.
[T]here's a familiarity to the events that will resonate with both children and parents and a practicality that will pave the way for good beginnings.
Cozy artwork and a reassuring text make this book a solid choice for quelling those first-day fears. . . . Zalben depicts an inviting environment and treats Daniel's concerns with understanding and respect, showing readers how feelings of anxious anticipation can be transformed into enthusiasm and contentment.
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