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Abigail's First Day of School (Kinder Kids Book Series 1) Kindle Edition
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There’s a bare minimal plot and no conflict, putting it on the same level as Goodnight, Moon. Still, I’m not sure if this simplicity will make kids want to read it over and over or if it’s a one-and-done story. While there are some words little kids might stumble over, I think that parents could still use this book to help their kids learn to read because there is so little text. The rhymes make it an even quicker read and would help little kids try and read it themselves.
I don’t think this book would really appeal to anyone in the first grade or older, despite the recommended age group being 4-8 years old. I think that anyone older than kindergarten-age would, first of all, not want to read a book about the first day of kindergarten. Second, I don’t think that the book has enough of a plot to keep older readers engaged. Of course, I was an advanced reader when I was a kid, so I’m not really the best judge of that.
Still, the book is great for the kids who really need it, i.e. the four- and five-year-olds who are going to preschool or kindergarten for the first time.
I’m not a big fan of the illustrations, and they’re more why I felt the need to give this book only four out of five stars. The “children’s drawing” feel does have a sort of appeal for a children’s picture book like this and may capture children’s attention since they’ll connect with the drawing style. The illustrations are also sufficiently colorful. However, I couldn’t look at the pictures very long because the proportions are off, the perspective is inconsistent, and there’s an odd shift between almost-3D and entirely-2D. I guess that wouldn’t really matter with such a young audience but I still think that more vivid, professional-looking illustrations would keep their attention better and produce a sense of awe in the readers. Again, it’s a matter of preference and kids may connect better with these illustrations than the parents helping them read it.
Overall, I think this book is great to read to kids who are having first-day nerves and/or might need a little push to know to behave at school. I think little kids would love it, although it’s probably not an “every night” sort of read. I definitely recommend parents read it to their children before sending them off to school for the first time.