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Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade (series #1) PDF Print E-mail













What You Need to Know:
• I love Posey! She is a wonderfully honest portrayal of a spunky little girl.
• Some will dismiss this as princess fare, but don't be fooled. Posey is a nice, strong role model for little girls.
• The illustrations are charming and spread throughout the book, thus making this early chapter book very
   accessible for emerging, independent readers.
Sweet Book Summary:
With only a few weeks left of summer, Posey is starting to feel stressed about "Kiss and Go Lane", the spot where her mother will be dropping her for first grade, and NOT walking her to the classroom. It doesn't help that her neighbors, Nick and Tyler, try and scare her about the big, blue hallway she will have to navigate alone. To add insult to injury, Posey won't be able to wear her beloved, albeit ratty, pink tutu that she wears every single day. Her tutu gives her magical strength and Posey knows for certain it would give her the courage to face first grade.

On a trip to town with Grandpa, Posey spies her new teacher, Miss Lee. Miss Lee notices Posey's tutu and comments on it, likening it to her own ratty pink sneakers that she loves to wear. When Posey suggests they wear them to school anyway, Miss Lee looks thoughtful. The next day an invitation arrives in the mail. Miss Lee has invited the class to wear their most comfortable clothing or costumes on the first day. They are going to have a First Grade Parade! Posey is honored and feeling much braver about attending school. Not only do they get to wear whatever makes them feel comfortable, Miss Lee is going to meet them outside! No big blue hallway to fear anymore.

I think Greene has done a masterful job of getting into a kindergartner's/first grader's mindset, addressing all that they fear and giving those fears safe and comforting resolutions. This story is a real confidence builder. Greene has also written an adorable story and created a charming character in Posey. Share this with your princes, too! Everybody can relate to and benefit from this delightful book.
Author: Stephanie Greene Illustrator: Stephanie Sisson Published: 2010, 96 pages
Themes: Humor, Exquisite Illustrations, Individuality, Growing Up, Life Changes
Sweet Discussion Questions:
• How did you feel on the first day of school?
• Was the first day of school fun even if it was a bit scary?
• Were you afraid? What kind of fears were you feeling?
• What do you do when you have to do something that you are afraid to do? How can you make yourself feel braver?
• How did Posey feel about her little brother?
• Do you have any siblings that you feel similarly about?
• What do you do to find courage in scary situations?
• Why would you like to have Miss Lee as your teacher?
• Why was it smart to allow the children to come to school in their comfortable clothes?
If You Liked This Book, Try:
Keeker and the Sneaky Pony, Hadley Higgenson
Daisy Dawson is On Her Way, Steve Voake
This recommendation was written by: Melissa Y.
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