Three stories designed to help children prepare for going back to school or going to school for the first time!
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About the Stories
"Zebra Stripes" from The Willowbee Tree
Six-year-old Clancy is starting first grade this year and he worries that he won't fit into the class and find good friendships. Luckily, he meets a zebra in Africa who has similar worries, and the two of them realize that everyone is unique and special in their own way, and so everyone belongs.
"Mr. Salamander" from So Many Fairies
A little girl named Cami is starting school for the very first time. She does not want to leave her home and magical backyard to go to an unfamiliar place for first grade. As she rests by her backyard frog pond, she meets Mr. Salamander who transforms her apprehension into excitement by telling her a story about a salamander who is quite like herself…
"The Schoolmaster" from By Thistle By Thimble
A boy named Micajah is looking for a teacher. His family has moved many times: from Concord, New Hampshire to Buffalo, New York to Rapid City, South Dakota to Denver, Colorado, and finally to San Mateo, California. In California, he attends the one-room schoolhouse of a teacher named Master Simon. Master Simon enraptures the class with a magical geography lesson that draws Micajah into the fold, and brings a sense of belonging to the whole class.