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First Day Hardcover – July 1, 2002

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From Publishers Weekly

With a warm familial tone and gentle humor Rankin (Wow! It's Great Being a Duck) addresses the anxiety many children feel on the first day of school. Young Haybillybun protesteth plenty when his first day at Yappy Puppy Play School arrives. He's convinced he'll have a difficult time ("I've got scary eyes! Nobody will play with me!"; "I've got slip-slidey-fluffy feet.... I'll fall off the jungle gym"). But Mom and Dad provide reassuring solutions to all his concerns and Mom walks Haybillybun to his classroom. As Mom passes the morning at home without Haybillybun around, however, she suddenly feels a pang and rushes to the school to "rescue" her son. And to her pleasant surprise, Haybillybun doesn't need saving; he's having a blast, playing and painting with his new friends. Rankin refreshes a familiar theme by employing colorful names and phrases and by giving her characters realistic personalities and dialogue. Her delicately hued watercolors, predominantly green, blue and purple, contain the kind of entertaining and cozy detail Mom's cookie-adorned apron and dog-bone hat, a quaint dog-populated village, Haybillybun's "rock'n'roll" sunglasses that will draw in readers straightaway. Ages 4-7.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Haybillybun is nervous about going to Yappy Puppy Play School for the first time. He pulls the covers over his head and tries to hide when his mother comes to rouse him for breakfast. He invents all sort of excuses as to why the other students won't like him, ranging from his "horrible fuzzy ears" to his "scary eyes" or his extra-long name. His parents try to reassure him, to no avail. After dropping him off, his mother goes home to her chores, but begins to wonder if her baby is old enough to be in school. She races back to rescue him, and predictably sees him playing with his classmates and obviously having a good time. The illustrations appear to be a combination of watercolors and colored pencils, and are soft and soothing, allowing the text to stand out in this straightforward tale. Kevin Henkes's Wemberly Worried (Greenwillow, 2000) is a stronger title dealing with the subject. Consider First Day an additional purchase for libraries in need of titles about starting school.
Lisa Gangemi Krapp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry; 1st U.S.ed edition (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689845634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689845635
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,534,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
It's Haybillybun's very first day at Yappy Puppy Play School, and this fluffy little canine isn't so sure he wants to go. He's afraid that his "slip-slidey-fluffy feet" will keep him from running fast or make him fall off the jungle gym, or that he won't be able to hear the teacher with his "horrible fuzzy ears." He worries that no one will want to play with him, and that his eyes are scary, and his name's too long. But Mom and Dad have a common-sense, comforting answer to all his concerns, and so off to school he goes. "Haybillybun stayed at school, and his mother went home..." But after a couple of hours of household chores, Haybillybun's mother begins to become anxious, puts on her hat and rushes back to school to "rescue her darling boy." As she peeks over the fence and into the classroom, she finds that Haybillybun is having the time of his life, playing and painting and making new friends..... Joan Rankin really captures the first day jitters of both parents and kids, in this gentle and reassuring picture book. Her cheerful and energetic text begs to be read aloud, and is filled with silly names and humorous dialogue. Bold, bright, and busy illustrations enhance the story with engaging details, and little ones will enjoy lingering over each picture before turning the page. Perfect for preschoolers getting ready for their own big, first day of school, First Day is a fun and heartwarming story that shouldn't be missed.
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Format: Paperback
I've been reading a lot of books about starting preschool to my 3yo in anticipation of her starting school in a few weeks, and this book is our favorite! It's funny without being over the top. We like how the puppy is worried about going to school at the beginning and then the mom is worried when he's at school but is then reassured by seeing what a fun time her son is having. I would highly recommend this book to any parent preparing their child (and themselves) for the transition to preschool!
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Format: Hardcover
Perfect book to read to your little one just before he/she starts preschool. It addresses their fears and also shows them how much fun being away from home, with friends can be.
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