Sunday, December 17, 2017

[ARC REVIEW] Nora's First Day at School by Tamar Bobokhidze (@MyTeacherHilda)








Title:  Nora's First Day at School

Author:  Tamar Bobokhidze

Artist:  Salome Eqizashvili 

Genre:  School / Children's / Animals

Year Published: 2017

Year Read:  2017


Series: My Teacher Hilda #1

Publisher: 
 
Lune Spark Books

Source:  eARC (Author)

Content Rating:  Ages 3+ (Nothing Objectionable)






I would like to thank the author Tamar Bobokhidze for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.



Now, I have been reading many children’s books that dealt with a child’s first day at school, but I was quite surprised and honored that the author Tamar Bobokhidze had given me a free copy of her newest children’s book “Nora’s First Day at School” along with artwork by Salome Eqizashvili and I must admit that it was quite a cute experience to read through!


The story begins with Nora going to Bumble Bee Academy Daycare for the first time and she is really nervous about going.  Her father then comforts Nora and tells her that everything going to be alright.  Nora then meets her new teacher Ms. Hilda and Ms. Hilda ends up making Nora extremely comfortable in the classroom.  Nora was also able to make new friends with her classmates and introduce them to her special toy giraffe Raffee.


Tamar Bobokhidze has done a great job at writing this book as all the characters are extremely adorable to read and I liked how the setting of this book, which takes place at a daycare center, has an extremely friendly environment!  I liked the fact that Tamar Bobokhidze focused on the issue about making children comfortable on their first day of school by encouraging both kids and teachers to be as helpful as they can to a new student.  This book would be extremely helpful to both parents and teachers who are dealing with kids who are afraid of their first day at school and this book would help teach them how to allow the new students to get used to their new surroundings and make friends easily.  I loved the fact that Tamar Bobokhidze made all the characters extremely helpful and friendly with each other, especially Ms. Hilda herself as she is probably one of the most helpful teachers I had ever read in any children’s book as she does all she can to make sure that Nora is comfortable at her new school.  I really loved the fact that Nora’s classmates also played their part in making Nora’s first day of school a comfortable experience as they were willing to play games with her and made her feel welcome in the classroom.  Salome Eqizashvili’s artwork is adorable to look at as all the animal characters have large and cute looking eyes and I loved the friendly atmosphere of the daycare center itself.


The reason why I gave this book a four-star rating was because I felt that the story was a bit slow at some places and sometimes it was hard for me to get through certain scenes because of the pacing.


Overall, “Nora’s First Day at School” is a truly cute book about going to school for the first time and about how you can conquer your anxiety on your first day of school by making friends and having a helpful teacher!  I would recommend this book to children ages three and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.




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