By Angie Quantrell @AngieQuantrell
A Tiger Tail (Or What Happened to Anya on Her First Day of School)
By Mike Boldt
(Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016)
When Anya woke up one morning, her first day of school, she discovered that she had grown a tiger tail overnight!
One can imagine how embarassing it would be to trot into school with a tiger tail trailing along behind! Anya was devastated. Would she even be allowed to go to school with a tiger tail?
Anya, being a very creative and problem solver type of girl, tried several different avenues to take care of the situation. NONE of which worked.
Which meant, Anya had to go to school, tiger tail and all.
Once Anya made it to school, she discovered that having a tiger tail was not so bad after all.
A Tiger Tail (Or What Happened to Anya on Her First Day of School) is a hilarious cleverly illustrated and written picture book. Problem solving, anxiety over the first day of school, and seeing how others are different are some of the issues found in this delightful book.
Readers both young and old will love Anya’s tale. Er, tail.
For Fun: Make a Tail to Wear Around the House
Materials: a long sock, newspaper, safety pins
1. Crinkle newspapers into small balls and stuff the sock. Leave an inch or so at the top.
2. Ask for help! Pin the sock to the waistband of your pants. Now you have a tail. Try and wear it all day. How did you do? Any problems? Would you like to go to school with a tail?
For Real: Plan for the First Day of School
What makes you really nervous about the first day of school? Some things that made me anxious were new classmates, a new teacher, not knowing where my class was, wearing new clothes, and getting on the right bus to go home.
Choose 1 thing that makes you nervous. Plan how to take care of it before school begins.
1. New classmates? Look for one person you know from last year. Or your neighborhood. Walk up and say hi. Plan to play together at recess. Now you have at least one friend!
2. New teacher? Some schools host a meet-the-teacher day. Ask your parents to take you to meet your teacher. Whew! Now you know what he/she looks like. You might even find your desk.
3. Find your class. If you visited the teacher, you will already know. Otherwise, a parent can walk you in the first day, you can ask an adult at the school for help, or you can ask an older student to help you. Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. I’ve noticed that most people love to help!
4. Choose your first-day-of-school clothes and hang them out, ready for the big day. Now you don’t need to worry about what to wear.
5. Riding the bus? Your teacher will help you. Or any of the other adults who work at your school. You can even ask the bus drivers. If you are going to kindergarten, you will probably wear an address tag with a bus number. Learn that number! But remember, there are many people just waiting to help you find the right bus!
Now – go out there and enjoy your first day of school.