If you have young children, you will likely recognize the names Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond. This pair has been writing and illustrating children’s books since 1985, when their first “If You Give A…” book was published and became an overnight sensation with the under 5 set. What’s unique about these stories is that they are extremely enjoyable to read for both children and adults, making the time that
is spent reading a kid’s story something that is less of a chore and more of an enjoyable bonding experience.
The tale of Time for School, Mouse! is a very simple one and is a bit different than Numeroff’s other offerings. This story is a board book, which immediately speaks to very young children. Young children who have older siblings often wonder what happens when their older siblings go to school, and it’s something that isn’t easy for them to understand. This tale, however, uses the mouse from the popular series to help children understand what happens when children do go to school.
As with the other stories from these two well-known authors, the illustrations are clearly designed for children’s amusement, and that is what will likely keep the youngest of readers engaged in the pages for a very long time. The story itself is very simple, with only a few words per page and would make a good first reader book for a kindergartener. As the child grows older, the illustrations are still engaging, but the story itself starts to become what is interesting for them.
One thing to keep in mind is that Time for School, Mouse! is not a story that is designed for older children to teach them about the basics of what they should expect when they first go to school, but is a book that is designed for younger children to give them a basic outline of what school is all about. If you’ve got a younger child who is curious about school, as many are, than the tale of Time for School, Mouse! is one that will help them to figure out what school is all about.