September 5, 2012

Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade

_DSC0165_DSC0169_DSC0160I got Julia ‘Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade’ by Stephanie Greene as a little going back to school present…

along with these jazzy shoes o’ fantastic (guaranteed to induce sparkle stupor, just FYI):



Is this a look, or is this a look? Actually, this isn't a look, it’s a LIFESTYLE.

The story is one of a series (the Halloween one is next!) and I love it because it’s the simplest little chapter book ever. Each chapter is only 2 or 3 pages long with a little picture on each page. Julia could probably read this all on her own but we read it together and can I just say that kids who tease, well naughty naughty them. Boo. Not to open the can of worms that surrounds kid bullying but I have zero tolerance for teasing. I can’t remember a lot of things from childhood but I can remember EACH and EVERY time I was ever teased and could recall it with perfect clarity for you, in stunning detail.

_DSC0171Anyhoo, two little stinkers tell Miss Posey that there are snakes and a monster in the hall of her new first grade, but she knows better and pokes one of them with a stick to see if his blood is red. (he claims he has no blood, only ink.) YAY POSEY, you go girl. Ok I’ve made this book sound way violent and intense and it’s not, it’s very lighthearted and sweet. But it does touch on some key kid feelings, like losing one’s place as the baby of a family, starting elementary school and dealing with punks who try and tell you a bunch of hooey. Ok now it sounds all intense again. It’s not.

My kiddo is so excited to finally be a first grader, she thinks it's all so terribly more grown-up-ish than being a kindergartener....

12 comments:

  1. I took out every book about first grade from our library last week - haven't seen this one though!

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    1. It's fun! Not too long, we finished it in a heartbeat, but I thought it was a cute way to begin the school year :)

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  2. I love that this book deals with the little stinkers at school. We had one in Miss C.'s preschool class last year and it looks like there's another one in her class this year. It's been incredibly challenging trying to teach Miss C. that it's better to make other friends – she wants to be friends with everyone and is baffled by this other little girl's manipulations and efforts to exclude her. I guess understanding will come with time and maturity... and lots of chats with Mama and Daddy.

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    1. Ugh. Girl drama is the worst drama, I don't care if that's being gender judgmental, it's the truth! I've seen J suffer with what I call "hot & cold" friends and it's just beastly to watch your child have their feelings trampled upon...harder than going through it yourself...I don't miss that part of the childhood experience!

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  3. I so agree with you about bullying. Zero tolerance! I need to find this book. The pictures are very cute too.

    Miss J's shoes are so fun! Don't know if I can get away with something like that at my kid's school since they have to wear a uniform... but nobody mentioned a specific color for the shoes hehehe :P

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    1. Julia has a uniform requirement at her school as well -- well, it's more of a dress code really, they have certain colors they have to follow -- but shoes and jackets are whatever you like! The photo did not fully capture the true SPARKLE of these shoes....:)

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  4. I never got the chance to read that one - Big Sis read the whole thing herself one evening. She told me the whole plot, though, so I guess my reading it is now unnecessary. ;o)

    I always remember times when I was teased, too. Heck, I remember every negative thing people have said to me or about me as an adult. :o/ I'm with you on that one.

    I love Julia's top!

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    1. Thanks D! I love that top as well, it's from Naartjie (good luck with pronouncing that name, I can never figure it out!) -- they are online if there isn't a shop near you -- so much cute stuff, often too frilly and embellished for my taste, but they do have great finds that are reasonably priced -- I liked that this shirt wasn't too "polo" shirt like regular polos, but still meets her uniform requirement..:)

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  5. Princess Posey looks adorable! I love those chapter books with tiny chapters ...I kinda love it when books for us big people have tiny chapters sometimes too :) There once was a boy who told me I had gorilla arms because they were soooo hairy. Everyday he went on an on about my arms until I stole my moms razor and shaved my arms. BAD IDEA. bullies are the worst.

    BUT bullying aside... WHO HOO first grade!

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    1. ha ha I'm with you on small chapters in big person books :)

      Oh goody, are we trading bully stories? Ok!! First, ohmygosh, terrible about your arms!! Why are stupid people SO STUPID?? I had a lot of teasing about my name (Melissa Pissa, nice one!) There was a neighbor boy who liked to drive his bike near a kid or group of kids pretending to hit you on his bike and then swerve away at the last minute. Same kid terrorized all of us smaller kids on the school bus, when I went to public school K-2. And that experience is why I vowed never to let my child ride a school bus! That same one came up to me when I was pushing my baby bro in a stroller and told me how sad it was for my bro that he looked like me. Then there were the spitballs in the hair during crosscountry practice (we often had to drive to running locations) in middle school -- that was really lovely.

      What really sent me off my rocker was last yr when some older boys at J's school made some comments about the very small beauty mark on her cheek, I mean really, it's so charming and gorgeous! And some idiot made a comment about it. And she tried for a week to SCRUB it off. She made an owie on it! My heart shattered in a thousand pieces when I realized what she was doing. Some teachers handled it for her at school, otherwise I would have been over there myself knocking heads together.

      I found some photos of Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Natalie Portman when they were young girls so it would be relatable and showed them to her -- I was like, these are considered the most BEAUTIFUL WOMEN IN THE WORLD, and they all have natural beauty marks. Actually I discovered something else -- apparently people with beauty marks have some kind of something in their DNA (telomeres?) that are a longevity indicator -- those folks are usually long-lived and Julia, the science fan, thought that was very cool.

      Bullies suck.

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  6. Why are people so terrible to each other!!! Do you think the bullies have bully parents? I knew kids just like the neighborhood bully you described above. horrible. And I would have never thought of melissa pissa... 10 year old boys are notorious for thinking up garbage like that. I think you reacted in the perfect way for Julia's situation. Perfect! You know my sister was bullied as a child BY THE BUS DRIVER. Isn't it astonishing that there are actual adults out there that purposefully and cruelly bully children? Dax is riding the bus... but good news is that he's the last one picked up and the first one dropped off. His total bus riding time is less than 10 minutes a day.

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    1. darling girl, I wish I knew! (about the terrible parents part)

      I do know from my own small experience that those bullies that I knew did not end up as the most stellar of adults...I know all kids sometimes talk trash and behave inappropriately but I swear you can see a true vein of real antisocial behavior in some of these career bullies who spend their whole childhoods attacking others! As far as I know, the one who gave us grief on the bus had seemingly nice normal parents, I think he was a Bad Seed. There were 2 boys and a girl in that family and they were all kind of punks, in my opinion.

      I always hope for karma to exert its influence in these situations..

      Glad Dax is having an ok experience and that it's a blessedly short ride!!

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