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I Am Too Absolutely Small for School (Charlie and Lola) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-12-08 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 30 user ratings
ISBN:0763628875
LANGUAGE:English

"We absolutely love the Charlie and Lola series of books by Lauren Child. The stories are fun and our girls love the characters from watching them on television. This is a great story about preparing a young child to begin school, allaying their fears and showing them how much they will learn. Again, our pal Soren Lorenson makes an appearance - our girls love finding his silhouette in the illustrations. We really enjoyed reading this story together (and of course, I brought out my best English accent.) " said.

"A great story for talking about why we come to school and what we do there. It is a conversation between two sisters about why the younger one should want to go to school. As a teacher, after reading this story I would document the children’s discussion about why they come to school – get a reason from each child, they can illustrate it (great end-of-year Christmas gift). This could then lead into creating a class code of conduct, e.g. If we are at school to learn, what must we do to make sure that happens... Etc.

It also is a good conversation starter for making new friends and what happens at eating/play time.

This book is British though so it talks about not having to wear school uniform.
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"I have to admit that, while I picked them up reluctantly at first, I have come to love Charlie and Lola. They are completely different from my kids, but ring true as children--and the two siblings obviously like each other, which I always find refreshing in a children's book, even though I think it happens more than I give the children's lit world credit for. As with any series that has found commercial acclaim, the original installments by the actual author are the best, so I was thrilled to happen upon one that I hadn't read before that is really, truly written by Lauren Child.

Lola is not so sure she's ready to go to school (not entirely unlike my oldest, who starts kindergarten this fall), but her big brother Charlie convinces her that it's a good idea. That's basically the plot, but it's told with the charm that Lola and Charlie bring to any situation and, with the addition of an invisible friend that you can find in the pictures if you look right, it was a hit with our whole family.
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" I like the imaginary friend (whom I didn't noticed until the last page and had to go back looking for). " said.

" Humor for the grown-ups as well as for the kids. A bit long for my age group. " said.

" Child, L. (2013). I am too absolutely small for school: Featuring Charlie and Lola. London: Orchard Books. " said.

" Great book to read with a child just getting ready to start school for the first time! I LOVE the sweet relationship between Charlie and Lola. Not only do the stories tackle great topics for younger children but I love the sibling relationship that is modeled. " said.

" A conversation between brother and sister about going to school. Seems like it was a retelling of a parent's story about their own children. Author-illustrator likely had someone they knew would publish this. It shows how arranging words on the page can be fun. Use of photographs for illustrations helped with the pacing and variety of the illustrations. Maybe good for a reluctant school goer but I think it might cause someone to have fears they never thought of having. " said.

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