⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Truman Written by Jean Reidy and Illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins

I just found my first-day-of-school book for fall! It’s written by Jean Reidy and illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins and it’s just out from Atheneum TODAY!!!!!

Truman helps younger children learn about being brave and also think about how our schedules may change once the school year begins.

Truman the turtle is tiny! Very tiny! And when his owner Sarah loads up a big book bag and heads out to the city below to hop on a bus in a direction she never goes, he’s worried. Really worried. Relying on Sarah’s inspiration to be brave, Truman is determined to go find her. Which means climbing rocks and walking along the rug (which is frightening for Truman) and heading to the door. But to his surprise Sarah comes in the door just as he’s about to head out! Sarah hadn’t left for good. She’d started school!

I enjoyed the plot (even more so the second time!), and I think it will encourage much discussion about bravery and the first day of school. Cummins’s illustrations are really beautiful and inviting (although I found the big layout of the rug a little scary!). I became a bit bogged down with the length of some of the pages, especially considering the book’s audience of preschool or elementary school students.

If you’re adding to your school books catalog, check out my review of Butterflies on the First Day of School, a perfect companion text for Truman.

A back-to-school book sure to entertain, Truman earns four stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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