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Juvenile Fiction / School & Education
Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3
Today is a big day! Today, Lena starts kindergarten. She is very excited. But there's just one problem…
Lena's shoes are nervous.
Lena doesn't want to miss out on her first day of school, but she can't go without her favorite shoes! How can she convince them to be brave?
The elliptical approach to anxiety is funny and effective, with the book treating Lena’s projection cheerfully but respectfully as the process allows her to explore her own worries without losing her pose of competence; along the way, her father is a loving helper who gives her space. There’s playful dash to the digital art, with thick, scrawly lines and entertaining details (watch the cat) providing a robust and easygoing partner for the text. Nervousness isn’t limited to school, so this may provide kids with all kinds of apprehension a stylish way to explore their feelings.