Monday, August 22, 2011

Review: Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade by Stephanie Greene

by Stephanie Greene, illustrated by Stephanie Roth Sisson
2010 | 96 pages | Chapter Book

Thanks to some older boys in her neighborhood, Posey is very worried about the first day of first grade. In kindergarten she was allowed to have her mother escort her to class, but the older kids in her school have to say goodbye in the Kiss and Go lane of the parking lot, and then walk down the long hallway alone. It is this hallway that the big kids, Nick and Tyler, insist is inhabited by scary monsters and snakes. She knows the boys are teasing, but the scary images won't leave Posey's mind. Things change, though, after an unexpected meeting with her teacher, who is inspired by Posey's concerns to create a first day of school ritual - a parade! - sure to make things easier for everyone in her class.

What a wonderful early chapter book! For one thing, I just love the look of it. The type is nice and large, and leaves lots of room for Sisson's adorably sweet illustrations. Each chapter begins with a full-page heading, giving the chapter number enclosed in the outline of a flower. Chapter titles are set off from the beginning text of each chapter by a small flower icon and a bold, capitalized heading. The whole layout gives an upbeat and girly tone to the story.

The action of the story sticks close to home and school, settings that are familiar to the new reader, and comforting. The language is simple and easy to read, but still manages to tell a fresh-sounding story that kept my interest from beginning to end. This is a gentle, positive story about the changes brought about by a brand-new school year, and thanks to the supportive adults in Posey's life, by the time the first day of school arrives, she is more than ready to face her fears and tackle first grade.

Stephanie Greene is also the author of the Sophie Hartley books, as well as two more titles about Posey, Princess Posey and the Perfect Present and the forthcoming Princess Posey and the Next Door Dog, which will be published this Fall. Stephanie Roth Sisson has also illustrated other books, including American Girl's The Babysitter's Handbook, and a picture book called Block Party Today. Visit the Books and Portfolio pages on her website to see more of her wonderful art.

I borrowed Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade from my local public library.


  1. I actually just saw this book over the weekend and thought it would be a great one for my soon-to-be first grader. She chose a couple fairy books instead, but maybe we'll get this one another time. Thanks for reviewing it!


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