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A New School for Charlie


Charlie the dog is excited about his first day at a new school, but when he gets there, he finds it full of cats! The difference is quite a shock for Charlie, who isn’t sure how to cope with the language barrier or the unfamiliar culture. How can he make new friends? Like many others, he finds the answer in the library! Over time, Charlie adjusts to his new school and finds that his unique canine traits are valued by his classmates. A perfect picture book for children who are starting a new school – particularly one in a different country. It takes a realistic approach, showing young readers that it takes time to settle into a new environment and that if you reach out to others, they will meet you half way. The detailed illustrations provide plenty to talk about on each page and there are many visual jokes to point out.

Courtney Dicmas is the author and illustrator of The Great Googly Moogly, Home Tweet Home, Lemur Dreamer, and Harold Finds A Voice. She teaches Illustration at Madison College and lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her spoon carving husband, four adventurous chickens and the real Charlie. The real Charlie was adopted as a rescue dog in Southend-on-Sea, UK, and then moved to Madison, in 2015. He loves chasing tennis balls, scrumpling up soft rugs, and pretending he’s invisible under the blankets. Every day is his best day ever.

* A new title from the enormously talented Courtney Dicmas, author/illustrator of Harold Finds a Voice and The Great Googly Moogly!
* Charlie is shown learning to speak cat and struggling to adapt to a different culture - this book can be used to encourage empathy towards children who have recently moved to a new country. It can also be used to reassure children that they will quickly make new friends.
* A Buddy Bench is shown at the end of the book; teachers could use this book to introduce the concept of a Buddy Bench to pupils, and encourage them to use one in their playground.

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