"Back to School" is a collection of three stories: "Zebra Stripes", "Mr. Salamander", and "the School Master", about the fundamental and often anxiety-ridden transition from summertime to the first day of school.
About the Stories
from The Willowbee Tree
This story follows 6-year-old Clancy. He is starting first grade this year, and he worries that he won't fit into the class and find good friends. Luckily, he meets an African Zebra who has similar worries, and the two of them realize that everyone is unique, and special in their own way, and so everyone belongs.
from So Many Fairies
This story is about a little girl named Cami who is to start 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 lays 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 School Master"
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.