Starting School

Jane Godwin, Anna Walker (illus.)

Starting School
Penguin Books Australia
9 August 2013

Starting School

Jane Godwin, Anna Walker (illus.)

Tim, Hannah, Sunita, Joe and Polly are all off to school for the first time. Would you like to meet them and see how they go? There are new friends to make, fun ways to learn, and lots of different things to discover.

From Jane Godwin and Anna Walker comes this beautiful book focusing on the experiences and feelings of five very different children as they begin at school for the first time. Jane’s simple words and ideas combine with Anna’s gentle and detailed illustrations to help children feel comfortable about taking this big step.


Jane Godwin and Anna Walker have formed a very successful partnership with their two previous picture books, All Through the Year and Today We Have No Plans. Their new book explores five children starting school. As they prepare for their first day we see these five very different personalities excited and apprehensive. The big day arrives and five become twenty-one plus Miss Quick their teacher; so much to discover, so many people to get to know.

The book shows the stages in the school day and the myriad of things that the young students will more than likely experience. It also empathises with the strengths and vulnerabilities of young children making their way in a new and unfamiliar environment. With their trademark sensitivity and real understanding of the business of childhood, Jane and Anna have created a charming work of text and pictures that fit together like a hand in a glove. Highly recommended for ages 3 and up.

Alexa Dretzke

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