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Sea Monster's First Day Hardcover – June 22, 2011
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"Bold and lively cartoon artwork provides genuine enthusiasm and humor" - School Library Journal
About the Author
Andy Rash is the illustrator, and author, of several hilarious children's books. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Top Customer Reviews
Sea Monster's First Day is a wonderful, delightful story that will help young children cope with starting school. As a teacher, Messner recognizes that it's hard to make new friends, especially if you feel you're a bit different from the others and it seems like everyone already belongs. This book also helps youngsters realize that as they learn together, things are made easier, and perhaps there is one special friend or group of friends they will be drawn to. Sea Monster's First Day truly encourages kids to be excited about that first day and all the school days to come.
Andy Rash's artwork in Sea Monster's First Day is superb. He captured the whimsical nature of Messner's story to perfection.
I highly recommend Sea Monster's First Day for any child experiencing first day of school jitters.
His mother helps to reassure him but at school he has a hard time fitting in. Everyone seems to be in a group, and he feels a bit out of place and awkward. All ends happily in the tale, however, as he finds new friends and has a great time!
It's a sweet book and it's been one of the few books that I read regularly to her as a 3 year old that I'm still finding myself reaching for on a continual basis now that she is 5 and my son is now 3. They both enjoy the darling illustrations and fun storyline, and I enjoy the sweet, clean humor that's worked throughout the book that goes over their heads but I enjoy--such as the connection to "Uncle Nessy" that I mentioned before.
I'd definitely recommend it to anyone, even if you plan on homeschooling your children it's a fun way to help kids learn how to cope with an situation where they'll be the new kid on the block.
Sea Monster's First Day by Kate Messner was an adorable picture book. Not only was it educational and encouraging, but it was perfect for my son who is going to be starting school in the next couple of months. As this poor sea monster searches for new friends I could see the Turkeybird searching with him and hoping he'd quickly find them. Ernest is polite and always introduces himself, something that the my son is often weary of doing and so it was wonderful to be able to share with him the positive outcome of being outgoing.
Along the way you are able to see how Kate Messner incorporates little tidbits of knowledge through witty dialogue and situations that children can relate to. Often
the learning situations are found within a joke from one of the characters such as this...
"We hit it off right away. They said they were sturgeon, the biggest fish in the lake." - Ernest
"Well, we used to be anyway..." - his new friend.
(Sea Monster's First Day by Kate Messner, p. 27)
The way in which this new information is writing into the dialogue creates a memorable learning experience as well as a fun opportunity for discussion.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the book because it was about a creature who didn't have many friends. Soon he made a lot of friends. The pictures went really well with the story.Published 9 months ago by M. Mueller
This is a cute story but it does not transition well onto the kindle. Buy the hardback version for kids.Published 9 months ago by Carrie
This is a super Cute book with funny lines and illustrations. My three year old really enjoyed reading it. The end.Published 20 months ago by AZ
My 6 year old son really enjoyed Sea Monster's First Day. The 2 maps were an added bonus, that he spent quite a bit of time studying.Published on January 27, 2014 by Kelly A. Warren
This is a great book for early elementary students. It works for those who are confident and for those who are afraid.Published on October 15, 2013 by Carol Rains
We read it before his first day and he laughed and felt better. His school did a nice job with a pre-orientation so he could say that's not me because......Published on September 20, 2013 by E L Colby
This book is cute, and kids WOULD enjoy it, if they could SEE it. How is there no zoom function for this picture book on the Kindle Fire.Published on September 2, 2013 by Bones