Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Otter Goes to School by Sam Garton -- ESSENTIAL

Garton, Sam Otter Goes to School. PICTURE BOOK. Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins), 2016. $17.99. Content: G.

When Otter finds out that her keeper became smart because of school, she decides her stuffed animals should also have an education. And who better to be their teacher but Otter herself? Things don't go according to plan, however; one of Otter's students feels like a failure, and so does Otter. How can she show the class that nobody is good at everything, but everybody is good at something?

This has to be one of my favorite introduction-to-school books. The pictures are adorable, and some of the wording makes me chuckle even after repeated reads. I also appreciate the fact that, while it's not an everybody-gets-a-trophy sort of book, it is an everybody-has-a-talent one. It would make a positive read-aloud for a class's beginning-of-the-year curriculum.

Pre-K, EL (K-3) -- ESSENTIAL. Reviewed by Sydney G., Teacher/Librarian

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