Lena's Shoes Are Nervous: A First-Day-of-School Dilemma by Keith CalabreseLena's Shoes Are Nervous: A First-Day-of-School Dilemma by Keith Calabrese

Lena's Shoes Are Nervous: A First-Day-of-School Dilemma

byKeith CalabreseIllustratorJuana Medina

Picture Books | July 3, 2018

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In the tradition of School’s First Day of School, debut author Keith Calabrese and Pura Belpré Award winner Juana Medina share a sweet, universal story about a clever little girl whose shoes are nervous about the first day of school.

Today is a big day! Today, Lena starts kindergarten. She is very excited. But there’s just one problem…

Lena’s shoes are nervous.

Lena doesn’t want to miss out on her first day of school, but she can’t go without her favorite shoes! How can she convince them to be brave?
Keith Calabrese lives in Los Angeles with his wife, kids, and a dog who thinks he’s a mountain goat. Lena’s Shoes Are Nervous is his first children’s book.Juana Medina was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, and came to the US to study at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She now lives in Washington, DC, where she teaches at t...
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Title:Lena's Shoes Are Nervous: A First-Day-of-School DilemmaFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:40 pages, 10.5 × 9.5 × 0.4 inPublished:July 3, 2018Publisher:Atheneum Books For Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1534408940

ISBN - 13:9781534408944

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"“Today, Lena starts kindergarten. Lena is very excited”; unfortunately, Lena’s favorite shoes are too nervous to go.... The elliptical approach to anxiety is funny and effective, with the book treating Lena’s projection cheerfully but respectfully as the process allows her to explore her own worries without losing her pose of competence; along the way, her father is a loving helper who gives her space. There’s playful dash to the digital art, with thick, scrawly lines and entertaining details (watch the cat) providing a robust and easygoing partner for the text. Nervousness isn’t limited to school, so this may provide kids with all kinds of apprehension a stylish way to explore their feelings."