Back to School Tortoise

It’s time to go back to school. But Tortoise is worried. What if he falls down? What if he doesn’t like lunch? What if the kids are mean to him? What if he falls down, doesn’t like lunch, and the kids are mean to him? The perfect back-to-school book about being brave, with a surprise at the end!

  • 24 Pages
  • 9.76" x 9.76"
  • 9780807505106
  • July 2011

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  • George cleverly leads readers to believe that Tortoise is just another kid worrying about school…Light colors and simple details mark Eyckerman’s illustrations, which keep George’s true professional identity a secret right until the very end. Her characters embody the charm and innocence of young children. A great pep-talk for nervous newcomers to school, and some reassurance that even teachers can worry about the first day.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • Tortoise’s sweet face is expressive, and his worries are the same that many children feel on that first day.

    - School Library Journal

  • An empathetic read-aloud choice, this book offers a welcome antidote for first-day-of-school jitters.

    - Booklist

Awards & Accolades

  • CCBC Choices 2012
  • Best Children's Books of the Year 2012, Bank Street College


Common Core

RL.K.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10 RL.1.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.5
  • ATOS Level: 1.5