cover image Not This Bear: A First Day of School Story

Not This Bear: A First Day of School Story

Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illus. by Lorna Hussey. Holt, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8050-9896-9

It’s the first day of school, and small, butterscotch-colored Bear is not ready to join the group. Whenever his teacher introduces an activity that “all the bears” like to do, he responds, “Not this bear.” Instead, Bear eases into activities on his own terms, holding onto his jacket while painting and clutching a stuffed bunny during story time; he becomes more social on the playground after befriending another outsider. Capucilli and Hussey create a comforting atmosphere for Bear to acclimate to, and his approach to his first day may be an asset for readers who also need time to warm up to new experiences. Ages 2–6. Author’s agent: Liza Pulitzer Voges, Eden Street Literary. Illustrator’s agent: Eunice McMullen. (June)