It’s Back to School We Go!


Bibliographic Information: Jackson, Ellen, and Jan Davey Ellis. It’s Back to School We Go: First Day Stories from around the World. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook, 2003. Print.

Brief Annotation: This book is about eleven difference children from all over the world’s first day of school. The children are from Canada, United States, Peru, Germany, Kenya, Kazakhstan, India, Russia, China, Japan, and Australia. The stories of their first days are different from one another and the greetings are all in their own language.

Grade Level: K-4

Readers who will like this: Children who are willing to learn about different cultures and about other children around the world.

Rating/Response: 5 This book is a great read because it shows a little bit about the different schoolings in each country. This is great to teach diversity and what other kids their age do at school.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What do you think other children your age around the world do at school?

Reading Strategy: First Days

Rationale for Strategy: This book would be great for teaching on the first day because all the stories in the book are stories about the children’s first day of school. This will show how children’s the same age do at their school.

Posted by: Lisa Lor


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