When Michael’s class learns about the Ten Commandments, the teacher begins a discussion on the importance of rules. This does not sit well with the little boy: he believes school would be more fun if nobody had to follow regulations. The teacher acquiesces to his request and declares a No Rules Day, with rather unpleasant results.
No one pays attention to Michael when he shows his new toy at circle time, classmates do not share, and another child takes his crackers during snack time. A sadder but wiser Michael realizes that rules are a very necessary part of life. Sylvia Rouss has painted a realistic portrait of a young child as he tests the boundaries of his world. The classroom dynamics ring true, and the characters are well-rounded and believable.
Susan Simon’s bright, cheerful illustrations capture the atmosphere of the preschool setting. Even though the story takes place in a religious preschool, its message is a universal one. Ages 4-7
Recommended by Basya Karp, Librarian, New York USA