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On My Very First Day of School I Met... Hardcover – August 1, 2005

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Stiles (former head writer for Sesame Street) tackles a child's preoccupation with starting school in this paper-over-board tale. "On my very first school day ever I met/ friends more fantastic than I had met yet." Mayer (A Walk in the Rain with a Brain) shows a purple-and-gold striped tail trailing off the page, hinting at the bizarre cast of characters to be introduced in the rhyme. "A poor blue gnu who was feeling quite sick./ And.../ A yellow-eyed clock who said 'Tock, tick, tick, tick!'/ And.../ An ape who stood up on five toes for a while,/ with his tongue sticking out from the side of his smile." Also included are a paint-spilling purple cow and a "horse-cow-flamingo-pig-froggy-duck pet" that belongs to a "Smile-o-saurus" (both colorful conglomerations of several animals). Short on plot, the text serves solely as a means to introduce Mayer's bold and zany air-brushed-looking illustrations, which culminate in a portrait of the teacher herself, an alien sporting a camera and antennae atop her green head and pink hair. The riot of colors, shapes and expressions may pull readers into this farfetched jaunt and help them forget their own fears about forming friendships. But the book's final point—that they too will be fantastic friends—will likely be missed amid all the absurdity. Ages 3-6. (July)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Milk & Cookies Press (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596871822
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596871823
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #717,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Ballard on September 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I just gave my almost-four year old friend, who is starting pre-school tomorrow (with some nervous anticipation), this wonderful book. She laughed at the pictures and commented at the witty story, saying it would be silly to meet friends like that at school and "Look at what is on 'my' lunchbox" on the last page!! The Amazon reviewer seemed to think that the pictures would upstage the plot. If Helena could write at 4 years old, she would say that there is a fine balance of illustrations and text.
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I never got this book--ordered in July and it is now September! Very disappointed!
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