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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (June 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780811875646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811875646
  • ASIN: 0811875644
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,003,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Bold and lively cartoon artwork provides genuine enthusiasm and humor" - School Library Journal

"With ample aquatic puns and boisterous, mixed-media artwork, it's a splashy story about fitting in." - Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Kate Messner is the author of the E. B. White Award-winning The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. She lives in Plattsburgh, New York.

Andy Rash is the illustrator, and author, of several hilarious children's books. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Customer Reviews

My three year old really enjoyed reading it.
AZ
Sea Monster's First Day is a wonderful, delightful story that will help young children cope with starting school.
Cheryl C. Malandrinos
This is a great book for early elementary students.
Carol Rains

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl C. Malandrinos VINE VOICE on July 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Sea monster Ernest is afraid of fitting in when he's so much larger and different from everyone else. Luckily there is so much for him to learn and do at school. Can he hope to even find a friend?

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Sandford on February 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This parody of a lake monster going to school is just too cute! His name is Ernest, and he lives in Lake Ernestamke, which is colorfully laid out on the front endpapers. The back endpapers show a view of the world with six highlighted lake monsters, including Uncle Nessie from Loch Ness, Scotland and Grampa Champ from Lake Champlain, USA. Ernest is way larger than the other fish, and some groups are wary of the newcomer, but Ernest has a wonderful attitude and makes new friends and enjoys activities with them. The most endearing page is Ernest reading One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish to a little audience of (you guessed it) one fish, two fish, a red fish and a blue fish. Quite colorful and funny, great for storytime or a one on one read.
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Format: Hardcover
There comes a time in every Sea Monsters life when he must go away from home to learn all about the world and attend school. For Ernest it's his very first time ever going to school and he's filled with feelings of excitement and trepidation, but with the urgings of his mother he's off and ready to do his best. Doing as his mother taught him he introduces himself to everyone he meets, but quickly learns that it sometimes takes a bit of time to find just the right friends. With a little bit of time and creativity Ernest is off to great adventures, wonderful friendships and of course, lots of learning.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Catherine W. Hughes on October 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When Earnest, the sea monster, goes to school, he sticks out like a sore thumb. Earnest is much bigger than the other fish, and he doesn't quite fit in. But, as days pass, Earnest's new classmates become friends and Earnest learns to like his new school. Children ages 3-6 will enjoy this playful look at school and being the new kid, told from under the sea.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Ewers on October 9, 2011
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Cute book for a shy kid starting school, who also might like sea creatures. Well written and a good book for a kid learning to read. Simple.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen M Meacham on October 6, 2011
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This book is everything I thought it would be -- adorable! My grandson's name is Carter and sometimes his Dad calls him C-Monster. So when I saw this book, I had to get it. Plus Carter is having some challenges with going to pre-school, so the subject matter is also appropriate.
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Format: Kindle Edition
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.
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Format: Hardcover
A few years ago (2011) we were thrilled to receive a copy of Sea Monster's First Day. It's an absolutely adorable book about a little sea monster (related to the Loch Ness Monster ;) ), who is a little anxious about going to a new school.

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.
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