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As Mae's first day of school approaches she decides she IS. NOT. GOING. School is scary! What if the other kids don't like her? Or what if she's the only one who doesn't know how to write? Or what if she misses her mom? Mae's anxiety only builds as she walks to school. But then she meets Rosie and Ms. Pearl. Will making new friends show her that they can conquer their fears together?
About the Author
Kate Berube is a children’s book illustrator and writer and the creator of Tater Totter, a zine for children. She is the author-illustrator of Hannah and Sugar and Mae’s First Day of School, and lives in Portland, Oregon.
"Berube's story takes its protagonist's fears seriously, and even though young readers are likely to anticipate the story's outcome, its respect for their emotions is clear . . . A sweet affirmation of jitters and comfort in numbers."
— Kirkus Reviews
"Berube (Hannah and Sugar) is an astute and funny portraitist of children’s anxieties, and the first day of school is tailor-made for her talents."
— Publishers Weekly
"While children reluctant to start school may feel unspoken anxiety, this reassuring narrative gives the characters time to express the specific fears, consider them, and dispel them. Rather childlike in its simplicity, freshness, and direct approach, the appealing mixed-media artwork uses strong lines to define the characters and settings, while color washes brighten the scenes and crayon-like marks add texture. A reassuring, gently amusing picture book for children anticipating (or remembering) their first day of school."
"Best of all, the story doesn’t trivialize Mae and Rosie’s fears and takes time to affirm the bravery necessary to take a big step such as going to school for the first time."
— School Library Journal