Friday, August 4, 2017

grandma's bookshelf - Don't Go to School! - I'm Giving One Away!

My grandsons head back to school in just a few weeks . . . it is difficult to believe Summer vacation is almost over for 2017. While I do not have any grandchildren heading off to Kindergarten, when I was invited to review a new book about going to school for the first time, I thought it sounded like a fun idea and said; "Yes!"

Author - Máire Zepf
Illustrator - Tarsila Krüse
Publisher - Sterling Children's Books
Ages - 

Favorite Features -
  • Colorful and detailed illustrations
  • Fun reversal story - although there are plenty of parents who do not want their children to go to school - who think they are growing up too fast!
  • Unique way to talk with a child who might be afraid of going to school and to address the things of which they might be afraid.

Sterling Children's Books says; "Benno is really excited about his first day at school. But there’s one problem: MOMMY! A laugh-out-loud twist on a familiar theme. What can a little bear do when he’s all ready for his first day of school—but his mother isn’t? “DON”T GO TO SCHOOL!” she wails. “STAY HERE WITH ME!” Mommy sulks, she’s shy, she even throws a tantrum. Can Benno convince her everything’s okay? He comes up with an ingenious idea to help her adjust—one many a mom and dad will recognize. This humorous story will reassure and delight nervous children, while parents feeling a little sad to see their babies grow up and march off to school will empathize with Mom!"

When I read Don't Go to School! with my grandsons, my oldest one recognized immediately the story was actually the, "reverse" of how it really is! Fun and funny Don't Go to School! is a book children will enjoy and is another story to add to your own library! If you have a grandchild/child who is feeling afraid about heading off to school, this is the book for them!

I'm very happy to say, not only did Sterling Children's Books send me one copy of Don't Go to School! for me to review, but they are making another available for me to give away (USA only). If you are over the age of 18 and would like to enter this drawing for one Don't Go to School!- which will be on August 14, 2017, please comment below to tell me who you have heading off to school this Fall - I have two grandsons in school.

In addition if you have followed on Google Friend Connect, followed by liking on facebook with the tab in the "Find us on Facebook" box ON THE BLOG or at this link (not just liking the post) and/or have followed grandma's cookie jar by email you will receive one entry for each of these which you have done. Plus, if you "share" this post, you'll receive another entry (please let me know if you share). This will help me be able to draw names from among people who would like to win one Don't Go to School! and it gives you several ways to enter the give-away! Thank you for reading grandma's cookie jar and for sharing it with the people you know! 


  1. My twin granddaughters will be in Kindergarten this year and their big brother in Second Grade. I also have grandkids in 6th and 9th. I follow on Facebook and email.

  2. I have 1 grandson heading off to school. Two will be home schooled.

  3. I follow on FACEBOOK and by email.