Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool, Primary
Author: Deb Pilutti
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Each of the children at Master Willow’s School for Ninjas are learning quickly, except for Ruby. She desperately wants to be a ninja, and she worries she will never find her secret skill. One night, Ruby starts crying, feeling hopeless and homesick. The other children try to comfort her, but soon they begin to sob as well. Ruby decides to take action! When she is sad at home, her mother, father, and grandmother each have ways of comforting her. Ruby decides to follow their examples and makes a small dragon toy for each of the children to help them feel more brave and loved. When Master Willow discovers Ruby’s nighttime adventure, he helps Ruby to see that she has many skills, and that one of them is being a good friend!
The Secrets of Ninja School can appeal to children of all ages with its original take on the way of the ninja. This book can be particularly helpful to shy children, helping to boost the confidence of children who feel they are not as talented or skilled as others. This book helps to emphasize that anyone can become skilled, courageous, and find what their unique talents are if they work hard. There are also directions for making your own dragon in the back, just the way Ruby does.