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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Dee and Deb Off They Go: Kindergarten First Day Jitters by Donna McDine is an adorable story of twins Dee and Deb. Narrated from Dee's perspective, the story takes readers on her first day of kindergarten. Dee and Deb are always together and do everything together, but when they go to school they are in different classrooms. They don't know how to do without each other. When the teacher comes to class and asks them to choose their buddies, Dee chooses Casey as her buddy. But she still misses her twin sister. It's a simple story that is real and can be appreciated by all kids who are going to school, leaving behind their comfort zones.
The pictures are delightful and colorful, and breathe life and movement into the story, characters and scenes. They also capture the expressions of the two girls very nicely on their first day. It's a good bedtime storybook for children as it gives them an idea of what happens on the first day of school. It also works as a perfect book for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. It's always a difficult day for any child when they go to school for the first time. The author captures those moments and feelings beautifully through Dee's view point and helps the first time school goers shed their fears.
It's a good book for children, especially for all those who are starting school. Dee realizes that everyone in her class is just like her and the smart teacher also makes them comfortable on the first day of school. A delightful story for children that will help them get rid of their anxiety about going to school for the first time.