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Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite
The first day of school is full of excitement and fear. There are new things to learn, new buildings to explore, a new schedule, and hopefully, new friends. Unfortunately, these exciting things can also cause fear. Fears include what if I can’t learn fast enough, what if I get lost, and what if I mess my schedule up? However, the biggest fear is what if the other kittens don’t like me? Alastair faced all these things and more in Alastair McAllister Goes to School by Valerie Ramer. To make matters worse, Alastair was not like all the other kittens. Alastair learned that different is good. What was different actually turned out to save the day. Read this exciting book and understand how being different can be what attracts others to you. Great book to help your children know that the differently-abled are important.
What if you are different than all the other little kittens? How do you fit in? For example, Alastair is a long-haired cat who starts school with many short-haired kittens. The other kittens look at Alastair and make fun of his differences. Reading this book with your children will give you the opportunity to help your children see the sameness in others instead of the differences. Differently-abled children are the same as other children, but their abilities differ. Teach your children that different is good. The tables turn when Alastair uses one of his differences to protect the other kittens. At the end of the day, Alastair is excited because he was accepted as he is. The illustrations in Alastair McAllister Goes to School are eye-catching. Children will love this book.