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I Got the School Spirit

Bloomsbury. Jul. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781547602612.
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K-Gr 2–A confident African American girl with two fuzzy ponytails prepares for the first day of school. “I slip on the spirit in my shiny new shoes. STOMP, STOMP!” Eating breakfast, waiting for the bus, comforting a nervous friend, standing straight and tall for attendance, and kicking the ball with super strength at recess are showcased in illustrations of the smiling, wide-eyed, energetic girl. The first-person narrative punctuated by stylized colorful sound words—“zip, zip!” and “Ka-pow!”—adds to the liveliness of the school day, which finishes with the open arms of her mother for a “squish, squeeze!” Realistic oil paintings depict a diverse cast of school classmates and a positive view of the school experience.
VERDICT This cheerful and energetic story depicts a girl preparing for and embracing school spirit on her first day and will be a welcome addition for most collections.

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