Take a Kiss to School

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There is so much to learn on Digby's first day at school. Will he remember where to hang his jacket and to listen for his name? Digby's mother has some special help for her boy who doesn't feel quite brave enough for school. This reassuring story with winsome illustrations is just right for kids starting school--and those who need a little encouragement once they've begun!

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Overview

There is so much to learn on Digby's first day at school. Will he remember where to hang his jacket and to listen for his name? Digby's mother has some special help for her boy who doesn't feel quite brave enough for school. This reassuring story with winsome illustrations is just right for kids starting school--and those who need a little encouragement once they've begun!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the same vein as Audrey Penn's The Kissing Hand, British pair McAllister (Just Like Sisters) and Hellard (Princesses Are Not Quitters!) add another comforting tale to the many dealing with a youngster's reluctance to go to school. Despite a fun first day, a bespectacled, blue-jacketed mole named Digby is not eager to return. " `Time to get up for school.' `No,' said Digby. `I went there yesterday.' " The subsequent spread offers a cozy bird's-eye view of Digby and many woodland creatures scuttling off to school through an airy forest. Gently helping Digby overcome his fears, his mother blows a dozen kisses into his jacket pocket, which becomes a reassuring reservoir from which he can draw during his second day. When he takes out one of his mother's imaginary kisses, things previously overwhelming to him work out just fine. In her appealing pen-and-ink and watercolor wash illustrations with calming autumnal hues, Hellard humorously pays attention to the smallest details (e.g., a rabbit's lunch includes dandelion greens, while Digby gets worms; the name above a young bat's coat hook hangs upside down). The artist aptly captures the new students' expressions of trepidation, awe and satisfaction. While his mother's kisses ease Digby's transition, a new friend truly boosts him over the anxiety hump. The closing bedtime scene will leave even the most timid students feeling braver. Ages 4-8. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Digby is excited about starting school, but he refuses to get out of bed the next morning. "I want to stay here with you," he tells his mother. When they arrive at school, the youngster hangs back. In a gesture reminiscent of Audrey Penn's The Kissing Hand (Child & Family, 1993), his mom places 12 kisses that she has blown into her hands into Digby's pocket. "There! If you're worried, you can take a kiss from your pocket and imagine I am with you." The ink-and-watercolor artwork shows Digby throughout the day, occasionally seeking a pocket kiss. The charming illustrations help move the story along, and young readers will identify with the small, furry protagonist in bright-red glasses and a soft blue coat. This is a wonderful story to share with a group or to read to a child who needs some extra attention on that first, hundredth, or thousandth day of school.-Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
McAllister's heartwarming story follows Digby's second day of school, to which the young wombat is reluctant to return, as he fears he will forget everything learned on his first day. His reassuring mother cleverly tucks a dozen kisses into his pocket so that he may remove them whenever needed. And it works. With each kiss removed throughout the day, Digby feels comforted and braver to the point of being able to help another fearful classmate. On the third day, Digby feels secure enough to go to school without a pocket full of kisses. Enhanced by Hellard's watercolor illustrations, school activities are exemplified throughout, and the autumn season is evident everywhere. Rich with details readers will enjoy studying, it includes a table full of acorns, dandelions, worms, flies, fish, apples, grapes, radishes and seeds for the animal's lunches. A sweet take on an old theme. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582347028
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 6/27/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 12.12 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Angela McAllister is the author of many children's books, including Barkus, Sly and the Golden Egg and The Little Blue Rabbit. She lives in England.

Sue Hellard is the illustrator of Princesses Are Not Quitters! and My Grandson is a Genius! She lives in England.

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