Gavin and Errol and Sophie and Sushma and David and Kate and Robert and Alison are. . .Starting School!"" So begins this charming evocation of a universal experience, British style: arriving on the first day with an assortment of parents, exploring their new territory, engaging in a variety of healthy activities (including swimming and baking), taking part in Halloween and a Christmas play (nonsecular). The diminutive, individualized figures sprinkled liberally through the text enact typical, childlike mini-dramas that combine to represent a busy, friendly community. This could also be used as an easy reader.