Hello, friends! Our book today is Little Mole Goes to School, written by Glenys Nellist and illustrated by Sally Garland, a sweet tale of discovering the importance of having unique talents while navigating first-day jitters.
Little Mole is headed to his first day of school, but he is feeling terribly anxious. He doesn’t know his alphabet, he’s hard of hearing, and his eyesight is not the best. Mom suggests sitting toward the front of the class for the latter two issues, and simply trying his best; no one knows everything on the first day of class. Little Mole likes his teachers and classmates, but is intimidated by Little Rabbit’s excellent hearing, and Little Squirrel’s wonderful eyesight. Little Lark even knows the whole alphabet song, and sings it beautifully! By recess, Little Mole is feeling pretty inadequate. But when Mole and his friends find themselves in a spot of trouble during recess, he may find that being different is not always bad, especially when everyone can use their talents together to solve a problem.
Lovely! First day of school nerves are a evergreen theme for picture books, as is finding value in our differences. Nellist’s sweet and simple, if slightly predictable, plot weaves both together nicely, reminding children that being different and having different strengths is not only part of life, but can act to a group’s benefit if everyone uses their strengths to help each other towards a common goal. Garland’s autumnal, grainy illustrations create some sweet and endearing character design and a peaceful woodland setting. The length is great for a storytime, and JJ and I both enjoyed it (it was JJ’s first day of school, so she was especially excited to see Little Mole’s journey). Overall, an affirming title for back-to school time, and we enjoyed it. Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by a representative of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)