Published by Sterling Children’s Books
Summary: Rosie can’t wait to start school, but when the big day arrives, she finds she can’t eat any breakfast. Her mother tells her she’ll be fine, that she just has butterflies in her stomach. Riding the bus that morning, she makes a new friend, and a butterfly flies out of her mouth. As the day goes on, the butterflies reappear in her stomach, then are released as she has fun in school and meets new people. When she introduces herself to a shy girl at recess, she gets to see a butterfly come out of her new friend’s mouth. By the end of the day, she’s able to give her mom a glowing report about school. 32 pages; ages 3-7.
Pros: This time of year, you can’t have enough first-day-of-school books. This is a lovely and reassuring story for the youngest kids going off to preschool or kindergarten.
Cons: You’ll need to explain the meaning of the expression “butterflies in your stomach” or kids might get a little freaked out at the prospect of a butterfly coming out of their mouth.