Princess Cupcake Jones Won't Go to School: Princess Cupcake Jones, Book 2

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Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Funny look at overcoming first-day-of-school jitters.

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Educational Value

Shows the good things about school and eases fears about going to school for the first time. 

Positive Messages

You can overcome your fear of new places and meeting new people. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Adults gently help guide Cupcake to work through her fear of going to school for the first time.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ylleya FieldsPrincess Cupcake Jones Won't Go to School does a great job of addressing the fear of starting school but could also be helpful for kids who are nervous about trying something new or adjusting to new surroundings. This is the second book in the series that began with Princess Cupcake Jones and the Missing Tutu and includes Princess Cupcake Jones and the Queen's Closet. 

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What's the story?

Princess Cupcake Jones has a problem. Several, actually. She's sick, her tutu is a mess -- and she's really afraid to start school. She's worried the first day will be a disaster, with all the new people to meet and new friends to make, so she decides PRINCESS CUPCAKE JONES WON'T GO TO SCHOOL. Will her schemes to stop the school day from happening work? 

Is it any good?

With humor and a light touch, this cute princess story does an excellent job of addressing the real fears and worries many kids have when they start school. Princess Cupcake's feisty, persistent, and creative schemes to get out of going to school will have kids and parents laughing together, while the book's practical and gentle direction will make kids cheer for Cupcake's happy ending. A fun addition to the Princess Cupcake series

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about fear of new situations. What's scary about it? Is it hard to talk about your feelings, especially being afraid of something?

  • What's the best way to approach new people, places, and things? Have you ever been afraid to go to a new place? What helped you feel better?

  • What things do you like about home that you'll also find in school?

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For kids who love kindergarten books and characters of color

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