||This is an engaging, rhyming picture book about the excitement of first grade using the classic "Night Before Christmas" poem format to share the ups and downs that children can expect. Making lunch all by herself the night before, redheaded Penny can hardly wait for the first day of school when she'll see her best friend, Jenny, again. The two show up for school in matching outfits--and then they discover that they aren't in the same class! Penny is disappointed, but she decides to be brave and hope for the best. This uplifting story is illustrated with loose, splashy watercolors.