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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Gilbert and Friends
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (June 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060726164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060726164
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this prequel to deGroat's series of Gilbert tales (Happy Birthday to You, You Belong in a Zoo), the earnest young opossum survives—quite easily—his first day of first grade. As in the earlier stories, the author convincingly exposes her hero's emotions, which here are in tune with those experienced by any fledgling first grader. Gilbert is fearful that his teacher won't be nice and, in the classroom, he is embarrassed when he sits at the wrong desk and, at lunch, is afraid that he'll get sent to the principal if he doesn't eat his food. The narrative incorporates some equally true-to-life incidents that would comfort a new student (e.g., sitting by himself in the cafeteria, Gilbert is finally joined by a boy who has "the exact same Martian Space Pilot lunchbox" as he does). And deGroat reassuringly reveals that nobody is good at everything (Philip can read but can't climb a ladder at recess, and Lewis, a good climber, clumsily spills paint on his desk). Perhaps due to its lower-key setting (other capers have Halloween and Valentine's Day themes), this has less spark and wit than some of its predecessors. DeGroat's cheerful art serves up endearing portraits of Gilbert, though several of the busier scenes appear curiously washed out. Ages 4-8. (July)
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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1–Gilbert, a hedgehog, is excited but fearful about starting first grade. He walks to school with his friend, Patti, who is quickly drawn to another female student. As the teacher passes out the spelling and reading books, Gilbert decides that, …first grade was going to be hard! Besides, there are so many rules to remember. At lunchtime, he sits alone, but Mrs. Byrd puts Frank, a raccoon, next to him, and the two boys find that they have a lot in common. As the students pursue various activities, Gilbert discovers that they all have their own talents, and that no one is good at everything. On the way home, Gilbert and Patti agree that Mrs. Byrd is nice and that they have both made new friends, although Patti reassures Gilbert that he is still her friend. With its charming, detailed watercolor illustrations, this story has significant child appeal. Youngsters entering kindergarten or first grade would enjoy listening to it and perusing the realistically styled pictures either one-on-one or in a group. A useful addition, but not a first purchase.–Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ
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More About the Author

Diane deGroat is the illustrator of more than 120 children's books and the author-illustrator of other bestselling books about Gilbert, including Mother, You're the Best! (But Sister, You're a Pest!); Last One in Is a Rotten Egg!; Trick or Treat, Smell my Feet; Jingle Bells, Homework Smells; Happy Birthday to You, You Belong in a Zoo; No More Pencils, No More Books, No More Teacher's Dirty Looks!; Brand-new Pencils, Brand-new Books; and the New York Times bestseller roses are pink, your feet really stink. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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I bought this book for my Great Nephew who is starting First Grade in the Fall.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on August 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Gilbert is getting ready to go to first grade. He is very worried about a lot of things. He's worried that his teacher won't be nice. He wonders if he will get into trouble for not eating all his lunch. As the day goes by he finds out that as long as he follows that rules that he teach has things will be fine. He even learns to read better and is able to read to his younger sister.

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Children everywhere will identify with his sorrow when the day doesn't go as planned, and will also feel relief when everything turns out all right in the end.

I would recommend this book to kids who are going to first grade. They might have some of the same feelings that the main character in the book has.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gwen on September 19, 2012
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This is a very cute book that I had purchased for my 5 year old as she started Kindergarten and was so excited about all her new school supplies. She adored the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By john schaffer on December 3, 2012
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THIS WAS A REAL TREAT FOR MY GRANDSON. HE SEEMED TO DRAW MANY PARALLELS TO HIS FIRST DAYS IN FIRST GRADE
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By Nancy L Herring on June 26, 2014
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love it
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By S. Butsch on June 22, 2014
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I bought this book for my Great Nephew who is starting First Grade in the Fall. I thought it would be something his other could read him before school starts and it might help any anxieties he has about First Grade.
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By Staples on January 5, 2014
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This book is geared more towards the ages of 4-7. The story line is cute and my students enjoyed the book.
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By K. Detlor on October 25, 2013
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Another great book by this author. My students loved it! Read it during the first week of school. Can't wait to read her book at the end of the year.
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