By: Elle and Marci Fair
Another amazing adventure of Ellie and Pudgy! The book begins with a heartfelt dedication to teachers written by eleven-year-old Elle Fair. As a primary teacher this book is a great read aloud for the beginning of the school year. However with the simple text second graders can easily read the book independently. Parents will enjoy reading this book with young children to help ease the uncertainty of what school will be like.
An additional way educators can use Ellie Goes Back to School is to model their beginning of the year school tour based off of the book. While mimicking Ellie and Pudgy’s adventure in your own school, teachers can take pictures of their class participating in activities/tour and create a class book. What a fun book to display along side of Ellie Goes Back to School at parent/teacher conferences.
What I love about all the books written by Elle and Marci Fair is that my students read their books and tell me, “I can do that. I can write like a ‘real’ author.” This mother/daughter duo is an inspiration to my young writers.
Finally this book is about friendship. Having a true friend and making new friends so others do not feel left out. The idea of a Buddy Bench is introduced and is springboard for social skills discussions. This book has it all and is a must have for primary classrooms. 5 Stars!