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Butterflies on the first day of school
2019
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The first day of school is exciting--but it can be scary, too! Meet Rosie, a brand-new student who just happens to have butterflies in her stomach.

"Silvestro and Chen take a common figure of speech and transform it, literally, into a lovely expression of a universal experience." -- Kirkus
"A cheering first-day story." -- Publishers Weekly

Rosie can't wait to start kindergarten--she's had her pencils sharpened and her backpack ready for weeks. But suddenly, on the night before the big day, her tummy hurts. Rosie's mom reassures her that it's just butterflies in her belly, and she'll feel better soon. Much to Rosie's surprise, when she says hello to a new friend on the bus, a butterfly flies out of her mouth! As the day goes on, Rosie frees all her butterflies, and even helps another shy student let go of hers, too.
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PreS-Gr 2--What happens to all those butterflies in your stomach? Rosie is excited and ready for her first day of school. She picked out her backpack over a month ago, decorated it herself, and even practiced raising her hand at home. However, the night before the first day, she cannot sleep. The next morning her belly hurts and she cannot even eat her breakfast. Her mother reassures her, "You just have butterflies in your belly" and hugs her tight. Once on the bus, she quickly makes a new friend, and a butterfly flies out while she's talking. Her new friend doesn't seem to notice, and as they continue to talk, more butterflies flutter out. Throughout the day, the butterflies, unnoticed by everyone else, fly out of her mouth. Rosie's belly begins to feel much better. At recess, she even helps a fellow student get a butterfly out of her belly by saying hello. Rosie's mom has a butterfly of her own fly out once she realizes that Rosie had a great first day. The mixed-media illustrations match the text well, and the bright colors fit the story's theme well. VERDICT A first purchase for back-to-school shelves that will reassure both students and caregivers.--Brooke Newberry, Winding Rivers Library System, West Salem, WI
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