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From the Author

I wanted to capture the panic of being split up from your best friend when you're put into different classes, but then the joy of making new friends. This book is a nice follow-up for kids who have read my The Night Before Kindergarten book.

About the Author

Natasha Wing lives in Fort Collins, Colorado. She went to first grade in Woodmont, Connecticut.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 0510 (What's this?)
  • Series: The Night Before
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (July 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448437473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448437477
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Frances D. Granatino on January 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
It's hard to write a book about first grade jitters. Many of the books out there make the first day seem just perfect, when it often isn't. What I like about The Night Before First Grade is the way in which the author recognizes the potentially frightening aspects of the first day of school and resolves them in a realistic manner.

For example, when the protagonist arrives at school, she learns that there are two sections of first grade and that her best friend will be in the other section. Bravely waving goodbye to her friend, she discovers new interests in her classroom. The lunchroom is busy and a bit scary, but she weathers it nicely.

The text is in a rhythmic prose style, patterned after "The Night Before Christmas." I was a bit skeptical at first, but it works, and young readers will appreciate the consistent beat of the narrative. Deborah Zemke's illustrations are upbeat and slightly funky - just like first grade!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By C. Janney on September 28, 2007
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I gave all of my kindergarten students this book on the last day of school. In September when they arrived as first graders, they were all telling me how much they loved the book over the summer. One parent e-mailed me and told me how helpful she found the book to be over the summer while they were preparing for first grade. I would recommend this book highly!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Anna Lufrano on August 1, 2007
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Excellent! I was a little skeptical at first, but this book is wonderful. My 6 year old has read the book on her own and the illustrations were very helpful to assist her in identifying some new words on the page.

She has enjoyed the book so much that she has decided to include the book in her summer book report reading list. It is just the correct length for a child entering first grade. My daughter's school only has 1 of each grade, but it has helped her realize to give things a chance. She realizes there will be new children and she may not be seated right next to her friends but there are many other things for her to explore.

First grade can be scary. It's entering what my daughter's school calls 'the upper grades'.

Overall, the book is one that both children and parents will enjoy with it's great ending.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Reichardt on July 23, 2010
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Although my great granddaughter has not had the opportunity to read this book yet, I am sure that she will be able to read every word and will really enjoy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kelly J. Rutherford on June 24, 2010
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I just ordered this and my daughter has already received and read it several time....Super Fast Shipping!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lorie J. Rollins on February 28, 2013
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My first graders loved the rhyme and chime effect of this read aloud. It is part of my collection for the first week back in school. I also have several others in this series which makes it fun for the students to connect with several texts by same author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RRL on July 29, 2010
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I bought this for my daughter before she started first grade. It's very sweet and easy for her to read. I would recommend it to others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 29, 2012
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Our granddaughter was very excited about starting first grade, taking the bus, making new friends, and just moving on. This book was a nice addition to the general air of anticipation leading up to the event. I don't know how helpful it would be for a child with real adjustment problems, but as an aid to minimizing trauma, lightening the mood, and adding to the fun, this book was just fine. And, the book stands alone as a charming tale, and doesn't wander anywhere awkward or tone deaf, (which happens more often than I would expect with books of this type). A very nice choice.
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