This Scandinavian import by the author of the Pippi Longstocking books depicts a lively day at grammar school. Five-year-old Lena is eager to go to school like her seven-year-old brother Peter. So one day, Peter obliges. Lena is honored when allowed to sit at her own desk, join the children for lunch and go to recess with them. The busy, cheerful illustrations fill in the details of Peter's school with satisfying completeness. Although Peter's school is different from an American school in its specifics, its uniqueness gives it personality and substance. The book provides a comforting answer to young children's questions about starting school. Ages 3-up. (October)
School Library Journal
PreS-K This Swedish import address es the dream of many preschoolersto be able to attend school with the ``big kids.'' Five-year-old Lena wishes she could do more than just play school. One morning, seven-year-old brother Peter makes her wish come true when he in vites her to join his class for a day. At school, she is warmly welcomed by ev eryone except birthday boy Pelle, who is antagonistic. By the end of the day, Lena is satisfied, having experienced real school including science, math, reading, and of course, recess. Despite the appealing subject, this picture book fails to make the grade. The idea that Lena would be allowed to attend school without adult permission is unbeliev able. The story is too long for a pre school audience. A plodding pedestrian text suggests that Peter and Lena could well be named Dick and Jane. Finally, although the large bright illustrations have child-appeal, they are cluttered, lack perspective, and portray a group of children with nearly identical facial fea tures. No one will suffer if this title is absent from the collection. Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, Wis.