Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade
written by Stephanie Greene; illustrated by Stephanie Roth Sisson
(G.P. Putnam's Sons) 2010
Source: May Memorial Library
Posey is a soon-to-be first grader who has some concerns about the upcoming school year. As a first grader, she will have to go to her class by herself instead of her mom taking her to class. This means being dropped off at the Kiss and Go lane and walking alone to class. Posey will also have to leave her ever present pink tutu at home when she goes to first grade. Her tutu gives her a quiet confidence and transforms her into Princess Posey who "can do anything." Fortunately, her grandfather comes over for a visit and helps to reassure her about the beginning of the school year. He takes her out for ice cream and a chance encounter with her new teacher, Miss Lee, leads to an idea that will start first grade off on the right foot.
Author Stephanie Greene has spent a lot of time hanging around kindergarten and first grade students. I don't know her personally, but her writing rings true to this age level so I figure she's knows these kids and what makes them tick. Posey is a delightful character who reminds me of students that I work with each day and one in particular that lives in my house. Like Posey, they're sweet kids who have some fears and need some help in navigating this thing we call school. As a teacher, I really appreciate the portrayal of Miss Lee, who makes me think of several teachers I have worked with in the past. They're firm, but willing to listen and be sympathetic. I love the drawing of Miss Lee's first encounter with Posey. It illustrates a person who cares about kids. Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade is an engaging early reader that will fit nicely into the hands of a kindergarten or first grade student who is ready to take on chapter books (but don't leave the picture books behind!).
Click on this link for Stephanie Greene's terrific activity guide for Princess Posey.
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