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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
Some children experience first day of school jitters, especially if it's a new school. Max's Day at School: A Horse Valley Adventure (Book 3) by Liana-Melissa Allen is a colorful children’s picture book about challenges and anxiety. Brothers Max and Lax and their friend, Donkey, couldn't understand why their brother and friend, Jack, was so excited about the first day of school. While they felt tired and lacked interest in what the day held for them, Jack was ready to learn. This is Book 3 of the Horse Valley Adventure series and children will not only be excited, but will be able to relate to Max as he faces his fears on the first day of school. But something changed in Max when he entered the doors to Horse Valley Elementary School and met his teacher, Ms. Sugar.
I enjoyed this book as much as I did Books 1 and 2 of the Horse Valley Adventure series. Liana-Melissa Allen provides children with not only a book of beautiful illustrations and a great story, but each child will leave with a variety of life lessons and solutions to some of the challenges that they face every day. Despite Max's resistance to go to school, he learned that things are not always as bad as they seem. Ms. Sugar was able to turn around his apprehension with words of motivation and encouragement that gave Max the ability to embrace the day. Things turned around in such a way that Max looked forward to school the next day because he also realized that Jack was right; learning can be fun.