You Go First

S. & S./Paula Wiseman. Jun. 2023. 48p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781665911511.
PreS-Gr 2–Cat and Duck, two very good friends, arrive at their neighborhood playground in hopes of riding the slide when they find a surprise: a new slide! With twists and turns, the new slide presents challenges to Cat, who tries hard to convince Duck that going down it is a terrible idea. Eventually, Cat realizes that part of being a good friend is encouraging bravery through new experiences. Bernstein’s whimsical tale of learning through friendship combines beautifully with Rosenthal’s cheery illustrations.
VERDICT A charming view of friendship and encouragement to try new things. Recommended for early readers and social-emotional learning teachers.

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