Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Billy Steers
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
When Betty the school bus visits her friends after a rough first day of school, she's feeling pretty low. She made so many mistakes. She forgot where to go, didn't use her blinkers, and she even got lost! She's feeling sad, embarrassed, and unsure if she should go back for the second day of school. Luckily, her friends cheer her up and boost her confidence. Tractor Mac and the other vehicles and animals on the farm help Betty come up with tricks for remembering her route. They rally behind her and let her know that they believe in her, which gives her the confidence to try again.
The first day of school can be scary, and it can be easy to make mistakes when there are so many new things to learn! Tractor Mac School Day reassures readers that the second day will be better, and it will only go up from there. Timid children about to start school can gain reassurance from Tractor Mac and his pals. Students who had a scary first day or feel like their first day of school was a complete failure can look back with humor and clarity through the eyes of Betty the school bus as they realize that their experience was completely normal. Everyone, whether they had a good first day of school or a bad one, can benefit from the gentle reminder of the importance of rallying behind friends to offer support when they need a little boost.