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It's Back to School We Go!

First Day Stories From Around the World

It's Back to School We Go!
Ellen Jackson By (author)
Jan Davey Ellis Illustrated by
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Lerner Publishing Group

Limited ***

9.3 X 12.3 in
32 pg

JUVENILE NONFICTION / School & Education
JUVENILE NONFICTION / School & Education


NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People — 2003 — Winner


It's back to school we go!

The first day of school is an event that brings mixed emotions to children everywhere. There is excitement in seeing old friends and it's nice to begin a new year with a new teacher and good intentions. But first day feelings are mixed. Will last year's friends still be friends? What if the new teacher doesn't like me? Or what if the work is too hard?

Ellen Jackson and Jan Davey Ellis portray children from eleven different countries experiencing their first day back at school. Each child's first-person acount is enhanced by a fact box that tells us something about the culture from which the child speaks, so that the reader is able to compare and contrast the experiences of children from different parts of the world.

In words and pictures the author and artist have captured the diversity of children's school experiences, while at the same time capturing how much the world's children have in common.


"Through first-person accounts readers learn about the first day of school for 11 children from Peru, Kazakhstan, Kenya, India, and more. Each account is accompanied by a series of facts that tells readers a bit about the child's culture. Lively illustrations combine the particulars of each child's experience with the universal themes of leaving home and finding a place in the classroom." --Book LinksOther Print

Author Bio

ELLEN JACKSON was born and raised in southern California. As a teenager, she always wished her feet were small and delicate, and tried to cram them into shoes that were several sizes too small. Later, when she read the story of Cinderella to her kindergarten classes, she wondered how anyone could run in glass slippers, much less dance in them.

Now the author of several books for children, Ellen lives in Santa Barbara, California, where she has gladly forgotten the recipes for dozens of ways to make tuna casserole.