Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? Little Rabbit is ready for his first day of school and so is his little wooden toy Charlie Horse. Although Mama thinks Charlie Horse should stay home, Little Rabbit insists so Mama sends them off with a boxed lunch. Little Rabbit laughs behind his siblings when Charlie Horse wants to stop and eat the lunch. At school, Little Rabbit’s teacher Miss Morag allows him to keep Charlie Horse with him. But Charlie Horse is not a good listener at story time, jumps off the table during music and doesn’t want to play with the others at recess. At lunchtime, Little Rabbit cries when he realizes his lunch is gone, but the students all offer to share. After that, Little Rabbit lets them play with Charlie Horse. On a nature walk, Little Rabbit lags behind again with Charlie Horse, but he remembers Miss Morag taught the class that if they need a friend to just whistle. Miss Morag finds Little Rabbit and the class heads back to school where the parents are waiting. Little Rabbit tells them all about his day and cannot wait to go back. But he tells Mama “…tomorrow Charlie Horse can stay home with you…He’s too naughty for school.” The highly detailed illustrations, rendered in pen and ink and watercolor, are delightful. Little ones will enjoy this first day of school story and it may soothe some first day jitters.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? This is a fun story to add to first day of school story times or read aloud.
Who should buy this book? Public Libraries and elementary school libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture Books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 1/8/2021