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On the First Day of First Grade
Contributor(s): Rabe, Tish, Jennings, Sarah (Illustrator)
ISBN: 006266851X     ISBN-13: 9780062668516
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
    OUR PRICE: $9.00  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: June 2018
Annotation: "A companion to On the First Day of Kindergarten is told to the tune of ""The Twelve Days of Christmas"" and follows a little boy through the engaging milestones of the first days of first grade, from leading friends in line and helping in the classroom to planting little seeds and performing in a play. 125,000 first printing."
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
First grade (Education); Fiction.
Schools; Fiction.
Counting; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Counting & Numbers
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2018109445
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.25" H x 9.25" W x 0.25" (0.70 lbs) 32 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 June #1)

In a cumulative text that echoes "The 12 Days of Christmas," an enthusiastic child chronicles the high points of starting a new school year in a first grade classroom. The adventure begins as the brown-skinned narrator, along with a multi-ethnic procession of children, wave goodbye to their parents and cheerfully make their way to their new desks. ("On the first day of first grade/ I had fun right away/ laughing and learning all day!") By day three, "choosing books to read" makes the growing list of enjoyable class activities, followed by throwing a ball and building with clay. On day 12, a lively show-and-tell session, which includes "showing my pet bunny," marks an exciting finale to the first few weeks of school. Artwork by Jennings (Feelings) features a steady stream of cheery faces and colorful classroom tools sure to prove inviting to prospective students. Ages 4–8. (June)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 August)

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

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