What does a dinosaur, lion, and dragon have in common? They all live in the imaginations of children that become friends on the first day of school in Richard Torrey's ALLY-SAURUS & the First Day of School.
The main character of the story is Ally, “but you can call [her] Ally-saurus!” She hopes she’ll find other dinosaurs in her classroom but instead she meets princesses. They do not appreciate her roar or fierce teeth at first, but it turns out dinosaurs like tea and princesses like to stomp through the jungle. The story ends with a trip to the library where the children are introduced to books that will provide inspiration to open new doors in the world of pretend.
The kid-friendly pencil drawings are accentuated with color representing the imaginations of the children. This is a great choice for a read aloud for Kinder or First Grade to help ease anxiety on the first day of school and reassure that friendships can be made with people who are different from you.
After reading Ally-saurus, encourage your students to share their imagination with this Ally-saurus Printable - First Day of School. It would make an easy, cute bulletin board too!
Here are some other great books to read the first day of school!
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