Derby, Sally

A New School Year: Stories in Six Voices

(3) K-3 Illustrated by Mika Song. Six children in kindergarten through fifth grade share their fears and hopes the night before the first day of school, during that day, and after school. Derby's free-verse poems subtly convey a range of emotions, family situations, and first-day experiences. Uncluttered watercolor and ink illustrations depict the diverse cast of students, parents, and teachers. This upbeat poetry volume should both reassure and entertain young readers.


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