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WANDA’S FIRST DAY by Mark Sperring


by Mark Sperring & illustrated by Kate Pope & Liz Pope

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: July 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-439-62773-7
Publisher: Chicken House/Scholastic

Wanda is a little witch girl setting off for her first day at school—by broomstick. She’s a traditional sort of witch with a black, star-spangled dress and pointed hat, but somehow she ends up in a classroom where she doesn’t fit in with the other little girls. Wanda finds herself in Miss Dewdrop’s School with a collection of frilly fairy girls who use their wands instead of broomsticks to create magic. The teacher and the fairy girls are kind, and no one but Wanda seems to notice that she is different, so the little witch decides to stick with her unusual school placement. Though the themes of tolerance for others and blooming where you are planted are not novel, kids will like the funny details of Wanda’s witch garb and food, as well as the vibrant, jewel-toned illustrations of Miss Dewdrop’s School and students. The story is short and simple, appropriate for younger listeners who are intrigued with the current craze for pointed hats, magic spells, and special broomsticks in an out-of-this-world setting. (Picture book. 4-7)