“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: Written by: Anne Marie Pace, Illustrated by: Mike Wohnoutka, Published by: Scholastic, 2011, 32pp
Synopsis: This book tells the story of Bear who is getting ready to start school for the first time. His big sister, Bella, tells him all about school and his teacher (Miss Fern). On the first day of school Bear finds out he does not have Miss Fern, instead he has Miss Teasel. Initially Bear is unhappy with his new teacher but Miss Teasel shows him that it is okay to do things a little differently.
Rationale for Use: This would be a great book to read on the first day of school to ensure students that all kids are a little nervous when school starts. Also, some students come in with expectations that their first day should to a certain way (due to an older brother or sister), this book could put students at ease that it is okay if their day is different than the one their sibling experienced.
Common Core Connection: This would be an easy text to use to discuss the main character’s feelings and how they affected his actions. The students could also recount the main idea and supporting details in the text.