Ruby’s School Walk

Ages 4 to 7 yearsIllustrated By: Miriam Latimer

Join Ruby on her way to school and see the world her mom cannot see. In an old house, she spies bats with red eyes peering out and scary witches that flit about. And these aren’t the only dangers on her path: tigers, crocodiles and mighty beasts abound! "I must be brave, I must be strong," chants Ruby as she musters the nerve to scare them off; but will it work?

"Ruby's School Walk is an excellent book for helping children face their fears about starting school. Filled with imagination and an understanding about the 'back to school' jitters every child goes through towards the end of summer, the book will help turn their worries into excitement for the school year ahead." Michael Elkort, MD, MA, FAAP, Pediatrician, Newton-Wellesley Hospital

"...the energetic words and repetitive lines will encourage lively, interactive read-alouds, and Latimer’s bright, mixed-media cartoon artwork amplifies both the comedy in Ruby’s fantasy world and the happy hum of the inviting classroom. A cheerful offering that may help soothe new-school jitters." Booklist

"As she walks to school, Ruby notices all kinds of scary creatures, including crocodiles, witches, and tigers. Her mother claims that they’re harmless, “But she’s wrong. I must be brave, I must be strong.” With magic dances and songs, Ruby finds the courage to continue--until she reaches the classroom door. Then her mother reminds her that school can be full of adventure, too (“Ruby, perhaps today you will be/ Finding treasure in the sea;/ Catching dragons in the sky,/ And teaching fairies how to fly”). A cheery reminder of the fun to be had--and fears overcome--with a little imagination." Publisher's Weekly

"Who do you meet on the way to school? Perhaps a cat, or a dog? Ruby meets a prowling tiger and mighty beasts. Will she ever get to school? As soon as I picked up this book and saw the endpapers in the form of a child's exercise book, I just knew this book was going to be great fun! Mum has a matter-of-fact explanation for everything but Ruby just knows there are dangers lurking everywhere. And when she gets to school she is reassured to know she will be doing all sorts of exciting things. A lovely warm, reassuring read for young children who all have imaginary fears. Vibrantly illustrated, and written with a real understanding of children, this is a super book to share with your child." Review on Amazon

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