Happy School Year!
illustrated by Mary Newell DePalma
Scholastic Press, 2008
All over town,
children are waking up...
getting ready for
the First Day of School!
But for five kids, the day is more scary than special--cause for hiding under the covers rather than jumping out of bed. It's only after they arrive at school and discover the wonderful surprises there that they know: It's going to be a Happy School Year!
Inspired by First Day of School events held in communities nationwide, Happy School Year! speaks to both the real fears and exciting possibilities of every child's first day.
from Kirkus Reviews:
A first-day-of-school celebration featuring cupcakes and a group cheer led by a smiling principal concludes this sunny account. "All over town, children are waking up." They follow their varied morning routines then make their way, some with excitement, some with trepidation, in a matter-of-factly reassuring present-tense narrative. DePalma's illustrations depict a recurring, multiethnic cast of children with a range of emotions. Include an author's note on First Day celebrations.