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Vera's First Day of School (Owlet Book) Paperback – July 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Owlet Book
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Owlet Paperbacks (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805072691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805072693
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,618,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K Vera is so eager with anticipation for her first day of school that she wakes up early enough to watch the sunrise. After putting on her new dress and checking her book bag for supplies, she wakes up her sleepy older sisters. The three girls cut across their grouchy neighbors' property on their walk to school and the Baileys threaten to call the police. Then, Vera is left on the playground after the bell rings and the school doors slam shut. She walks home by herself and tiptoes up to her room, unbeknownst to her mother who is bathing the baby. Happily, Vera's first day ends successfully after Mother discovers her under the bed and walks her back to the classroom. Rosenberry accurately portrays a child's mixed feelings thrilling yet scary on her first day in school. Brightly colored gouache illustrations fill the pages with expressive, spirited youngsters and appealing images. Reassuring fare for the beginning of the school year. Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The author/illustrator of When Vera Was Sick (1998) creates another book based on her childhood experiences. Vera gets ready for the first day of school and leaves with her older sisters. But when she arrives and sees so many children, she feels nervous and shy. Not knowing what to say or do, she loses herself in watching a caterpillar. When the school doors close, Vera finds herself alone, gets confused, runs home, and hides under her bed. Mother eventually discovers her, and Vera is able to make a fresh start. Rosenberry's gouache illustrations focus on important details, such as a red dress waiting on the chair next to Vera's bed and the school supplies inside her backpack. But in every detail of this book, from Vera's trepidation and the name tags visible on her desk and cubbyhole to her first smiling exchange with a potential friend, Rosenberry's Vera epitomizes Everychild on the first day of school. The multicultural classroom is as natural as can be, and Vera, in her bright red dress, shines like the special child she is. A winning exploration of a universal experience. Kathy Broderick --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Almost all children wait and wait and wait until THEY are old enough to go to school. This is grown-up stuff, they think. Those feelings, though, can become overwhelmed by realizing that perhaps, just perhaps, they are not the most grown-up person at the school.
This story helps children and parents alike to understand the feelings, perceptions, and realities of the first day of school.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I checked this book out from the library to read to my four-year-old daughter. We liked it so much we want a copy of our own. This is a story that rings true with my emotions as I recall my own childhood fears. Vera looks forward with eagerness to her first day of school, then becomes fearful when she approaches the schoolyard and finds it full of children. Children everywhere will identify with her sorrow when the day doesn't go as planned, and will also feel relief when everything turns out all right in the end.
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