by Kathryn White • illustrated by Miriam Latimer
August 2010 • Barefoot Books • Ages 4 - 7
Will Ruby find the courage to reach her classroom?
Story: Ruby's morning walk with her mom is far from ordinary. On their way, Ruby experiences a world her mother cannot see, and imaginative dangers in her path. With a tiger on the prowl and mighty beasts that loom and lurk, getting to school seems an impossible task. Young readers will enjoy joining Ruby as she faces her fears and learns how to keep them in check. "A cheery reminder of the fun to be had—and fears overcome—with a little imagination…" writes Publishers Weekly in a review of Ruby's School Walk.
Story behind the story: Kathryn White wrote the book Ruby's School Walk based on her own experiences starting school."Every child experiences some trepidation about starting a new chapter of their lives, and beginning school is no exception," says Kathryn White. "When you encourage children to use their imaginations to face their fears, they can overcome them and look forward to a new adventure, such as starting school."
Publisher Barefoot Books has created a book discussion guide to help parents encourage their child's independence and send them off to school with confidence. Kids will enjoy the downloadable Barefoot maze activity sheet, while you'll enjoy meeting author Kathryn White and illustrator Miriam Latimer as they give us a behind-the-scenes look at creating Ruby's School Walk in this video: