Ivy Green is excited and worried about tomorrow. Tomorrow is the first day of school. What if Ivy forgets her lunch or misses the bus, or can't find her room? What will she do then? As Ivy tries on new shoes and picks out a lunchbox, everyone else is getting ready for the big day as well. Miss Wheeler the bus driver goes over her route and worries about missing a stop. Mr. Handy cleans the hall and frets over how much he still has to do, while the principal, Mr. Masters, and teacher Ms. Bell hurry to get everything ready for the students. At night everyone dreams of missed bus stops, dirty halls and confused children, but as the bright morning sun shines, the dreams disappear and it's time for the first day of school. A day when Miss Wheeler stops at every bus stop, Mr. Handy has every corner of the school sparkling, Mr. Masters has everything ready and Ms. Bell has name tags for each child--including Ivy, who has found the right classroom. The illustrations capture the anxiety and the excitement of that first day.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A satisfying exploration of the anxiety and joy experienced before and during the first day of school. The focus is not just on young Ivy Green but on the bus driver, janitor, teacher, and principal of her school. On the day before school starts, each one is shown getting ready-buying shoes, going over the bus route, polishing floors, or making name tags. The book artfully moves on to night-before jitters and pre-bed activities, followed by a segment of nerve-induced dreams. Mr. Masters, the principal, has a "pajamas-on dream," while Ivy moves from a "no-lunch dream" to a "which-door dream." Then, with the crack of dawn, the sun beams down on a day in which everything is as it should be. The clever text flows naturally from child to adult experiences, from morning to night, and from excited energy to reflection. As such, it is wonderfully balanced, made even more successful by the complementary illustrations, which are soft and friendly. The animated cartoon characters are brought to life while the town, with houses built almost on top of each other, is clearly a close-knit community. One challenge to this book is that ideas are often oblique rather than obvious, and children will need to use visual and textual clues to figure out the events and characters. How refreshing!-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.