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On the first day of first grade
2018
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On the first day of first grade, there will be lots of fun! This is the perfect book to share with a kindergartner getting ready for the step up to "big kid" school!

From choosing books to read to building things with clay to performing in a play, there are many exciting firsts to look forward to. Saying good-bye to mom and dad can be hard, but when the school bus pulls up, it's time for some first-grade fun!

This engaging, vibrant adaptation of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" helps show parents and children alike that there is no place cooler than a first-grade classroom.

Tish Rabe, a seasoned children's book author of over 160 books, puts a novel spin on a first-day-of-school classic with On the First Day of First Grade.

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School Library Journal Review
PreS-Gr 1-This cumulative book follows a young student from his initial moments dressing for the school year's first day through two weeks of memorable first grade experiences as he finds "fun right away" from the classroom to library, science class, art, P.E., and music. Cartoon art, digitally created from watercolor, celebrates the diversity of students' gender, ethnicity, religion, and physical abilities, while a change in font accentuates the highlighted activity of six marvelous days. Small individual successes and images of team-building are both included: featured scenes present students as they tell time or count with coins, create art with clay, lead others in a line, learn with hands-on activities in science, individually choose books in the library, participate in a play, help in the classroom, or communicate with other classmates. VERDICT An ideal first-day read for younger students; the repeated text refrain for each day will have first graders recognizing their own experiences or creating verses as they delight in "laughing and learning all day."-Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
From its happy cover with smiling children waving on the school bus, this book celebrates the fun of being in first grade. The unnamed first-person narrator appears to be a young boy, and he enthusiastically announces his daily adventures in a cumulative, This Is the House That Jack Built -style. The environment is immediately comforting, and the refrain is one of laughter and learning. Each day brings another positive, child-centered experience, like helping, choosing books to read, planting seeds, and telling time. Gym and performing and fine arts are also included. The cumulative nature of the text adds an interactive memory-game element to the story: young readers can recite all the activities described and read along with the final line, laughing and learning all day. Jennings' illustrations showcase wide-eyed, multiethnic children, all eager and active, and her use of bright colors add to the joyful feel. Pair with Kindergarten, Here I Come! (2012), by D. J. Steinberg, for another exciting day of learning.--Ching, Edie Copyright 2018 Booklist
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