In My Second Year of Kindergarten, a young boy looks forward to returning to Maple Elementary School to repeat Kindergarten. The charming story is told in first person as the boy contrasts his experience from last year to how he will handle the same challenges this year. From paying attention in class to using scissors to cut on the line to knowing his numbers the boy looks forward to helping his teacher and demonstrating his new mastery of skills that were simply beyond his ability last year.
I especially liked the way that the author, Becca Eisenberg (a certified speech pathologist), employs a repetitive comparison of last year’s actions with the boy’s optimism about this coming school year. I never thought about the anxiety a child might feel about repeating a grade and this book provides a helpful foundation to help a young child prepare to handle any fears about returning to school. In fact, I think the story would appeal to any child and be especially helpful for a child who might feel anxious about going back to school in the fall.