Dee and Deb Off They Go – Kindergarten First Day Jitters

by Donna M. McDine

Book Blurb

The anxiety of finding one’s own place and friends in kindergarten without the comfort of having her fraternal twin sister nearby at first overwhelms Dee. Until she realizes even without her twin, Dee and her classmates for the most part are in the same boat. Suggested age range for readers: 3-8

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My Review

Dee and Deb are twins and are going to kindergarten.  They worry about meeting new friends.

The first day of kindergarten, or any grade, or the first day at a new school can cause anxiety in any child.  Donna McDine’s story can ease that anxiety for a young child when they realize that Dee and Deb made friends and had a good time doing many new and fun things.  The story is realistic and features adorable pictures by Jack Foster, an award-winning illustrator.

If you have a young child in your life who will be entering kindergarten (or a new school), I highly recommend you read this book together.

I received a copy of this book by the author in exchange for my honest review.

About Donna M. McDine

Multi-award-winning children’s author, Donna McDine’s creative side had laid dormant for many years until her desire to write sparked in 2007. With six children’s picture books to her credit:

• Angel’s Forever Home ~ March 2019 ~ Mascot Books

• Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters (Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention & The Story Monster Approved 2015 Award);

• Sandy Grave (Purple Dragonfly 2014 Award First Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved and Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014);

• Powder Monkey (Purple Dragonfly 2015 Award First Place Historical Fiction and Story Monster Approved 2014);

• Hockey Agony (Purple Dragonfly 2015 Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6 & Older and New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Story Monster Approved 2014);

• The Golden Pathway (Literary Classics Silver Award & Seal of Approval Recipient Picture Book Early Reader 2011 and Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention) and;

McDine’s adventures continue as she ignites the curiosity of children through reading while she writes and moms from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the SCBWI, New York State Reading Association and Family Reading Partnership.

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12 thoughts on “Dee and Deb Off They Go – Kindergarten First Day Jitters

    1. Thanks for sharing, Bette. My granddaughter starts kindergarten this year. She’s a bit nervous about it, not only going to a new school, but it’s all day. Perfect timing for her. too. 💕🤗💕

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      1. Oh how wonderful, Michelle. Our little ones grow up so fast–how blessed we are to be part of that amazing process! Blessings to you both as you head out on awesome new adventures! ❤ xoxo

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  1. Settling the nerves of the little ones before school with a book that can be referred to before the time is a great way of helping them understand what is going to happen. I wish we would have had books like this ‘in my day’.

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    1. The books for little ones of all ages are astonishing! It would have been nice to have such choices when we were young, but most of us survived. My kindergarten teacher was a gem. I think I cried every day for most of the year, and Mrs. Sponzelli always had hugs and understanding reasurances for me.


  2. I think it’s good to have books about familiar situations that may cause children anxiety. If those fears can be discussed, acknowledged and assuaged, it is a good thing.


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