An endearing guide shows young children what preschool will be like.
Her friendly manner and the tips she scatters throughout will help readers feel right at home and well-prepared for their transitions to school: “Hi, I’m Rosie. Welcome to preschool. Come on in!” Her day starts by putting her things, which include a stuffed bear for naptime, in her cubby and then saying goodbye to her dad—“Your grown-up will be back soon,” a “Rosie Tip” in a medallion inset informs readers. Her multiracial classmates are all busily engaged in many activities until circle time. Rosie similarly teaches readers about the school schedule, classroom-helper jobs, and special classroom routines: today is art day, and they also play music with Mr. Lombardo. There’s potty time, lunch, recess, naptime, and then it’s time to get ready to go home. Rosie is a round-headed, rosy-cheeked girl with high buns in her light-brown hair. She’s confident and self-assured, and she and her classmates shed no tears at all the whole day, which is unrealistic though comforting to new preschoolers. Katz’s patterned, mixed-media illustrations are superbright and simple, keeping the focus on Rosie’s tour. Similarly, Katz keeps the sentences short and the vocabulary easy to suit her audience.
Rosie provides a delightful introduction to preschool that will soothe first-day worries. (Picture book. 2-5)