“Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed” is a fitting description for my soon-to-be kindergartner. She’s been enthusiastically picking out her backpack, new school clothes and supplies like there’s no tomorrow. Plus, we’ve been checking out nearly every first day of school picture book from our library (luckily, there’s no limit!). While I don’t fear my 5-year-old will have any separation issues, reading with her about what she can expect is my way of preparing her for the big day–and getting her into the groove for storytime. One of my favorite books so far is the just-released Rufus Goes to School, an adorable story about a precocious pig who’s determined to go to school, even if he is an animal. Prompted by the desire to read his favorite book, he acquires all the necessary gear–from backpack to blanket–to start his school year off right. Even when he is told time and time again, “No pigs in school!,” he refuses to give up and continues to arm himself with more and more supplies. Just when readers may have lost hope that Rufus will ever become a bona fide student, we are pleasantly delighted with the outcome. A heartwarming story about how drive and determination always win out, Rufus Goes to School teaches a lifelong lesson that proves this persistent pig had the right stuff all along.
In a Nutshell: Perfect for the kindergarten-bound child, this new book primes new students fresh out of the gate.