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Reviewed by Melinda Facal for Readers' Favorite
I Don’t Want to Go to Preschool: The Fairy Queen Calls… A True Story by Granny is an engaging children’s book written by Cynthia Obrien with illustrations by Rosemarie Gillen. In this story, Granny is called upon to help a group of children hesitant to go to preschool. With the help of some magic, Granny is transformed into Lula Pix and the adventure begins. Lula Pix is joined by the Tooth Fairy and the two travel to the Kingdom, where they learn from the Fairy Queen that the preschoolers need their assistance. After listening to the children’s concerns, Lula Pix and the Tooth Fairy encourage the children to think about all the opportunities that await them at preschool. While focusing on fun and learning, the children become excited to attend preschool. The bright and cheerful illustrations throughout this book enhance the warm and positive tone of the story. The story provides a valuable lesson for children of all ages; to focus on the good that can come from new experiences.
Cynthia Obrien's book carries an important and positive message for parents and children alike; changes and new schools can be intimidating, but these experiences offer ways to grow, learn, and have fun. I Don’t Want to Go to Preschool will encourage and comfort any young child with concerns about going to school. Lula Pix and the Tooth Fairy help children to overcome their fears by concentrating on the fun and joy of learning. The preschoolers are encouraged to think about and repeat all of the things that they are looking forward to doing at preschool. I think this book will be very helpful and calming for children to focus on what they will enjoy doing, instead of their worries or concerns.