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BRAND-NEW PENCILS, BRAND-NEW BOOKS by Diane DeGroat

BRAND-NEW PENCILS, BRAND-NEW BOOKS

By Diane DeGroat (Author) , Diane DeGroat (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: July 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-06-072613-X
Publisher: HarperCollins

DeGroat ably threads her way through some well-trod ground: the first day of school. Gilbert, our favorite opossum, has a classic case of the willies as he sets out on his first day of school: Will the teacher be nice, will he be able to do the work, will he make friends? Luckily, he already has one good friend, but then there are all those other unfamiliar faces, one belonging to the loud, bullying Lewis. Then the school day gradually begins to fall into place and Gilbert finds a comfortable niche therein: a new friend, an enjoyable playground, a book to read that is a pleasing challenge. He also learns that Mr. Pug, the principal, isn’t grumpy. Pugs just always look grumpy. DeGroat’s watercolors—with their easygoing charm —evolve from expectant to relaxed as the kids find what first-graders have always found: School rarely meets their dire predictions, and even kids like Lewis have their time-honored place. (Picture book. 4-7)