Mercer Mayer has had a distinguished career as an author of children’s books. His stories about “Little Critter” are charming and delightful, yet deal with issues important to children. His book, First Day of School, chronicles Little Critter’s schedule as the title clearly states, that first day of school.
Little Critter, like many children, is a bit nervous about that first day of school. But Little Critter’s Mom, like many Mom’s, helps allay Little Critter’s nervousness.
Mr. Mayer uses “flaps” on each page to reveal more of the story. Children love opening the flaps to see what happened. It is a clever way to make the story interactive.
Mr. Mayer’s ability to empathize with children is one of the strengths of his books. In this case, Little Critter is worried about what to expect so the book records what to expect from morning till the day’s end.
Mr. Mayer’s illustrations are wonderfully amusing. Little Critter and his friends come to life on the pages and compliment the text of the story.
Reading First Day of School to your child could help ease your child’s concerns. Books like this are not only useful, but make wonderful additions to your home library.
It is hard to believe that Mr. Mayer’s college professors did not think he had the talent to make a living as an illustrator. Luckily for us, he proved them wrong.