First Day by Joan Rankin

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It's the first day of school at Yappy Puppy Play School and Haybillybun is not so sure he wants to go. What if the other kids make fun of his fluffy feet? Or his long name? Can't his mother go in his place and he'll stay at home?

But when he gets to school, Haybillybun discovers that everyone has a long name and he decides he'll stay after all. His mother returns home alone and finds she's missing her little boy more than she ever thought she would. Is he all right?

How Haybillybun and his mother each experience the first day of school is the heart of Joan Rankin's warm and funny story, just right for little ones and their parents, who all must face their own first days sooner or later.

 

About Joan Rankin

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Joan Rankin has illustrated more than twenty-five books for children. She received the South African HAUM Dann Retief Prize for Children’s Book Illustration in 1986 and the Katrina Harris Award for Children’s Book Illustration in 1991. Books she has illustrated include A Frog in the Bog by Karma Wilson and Off to First Grade by Louise Borden. She lives with her husband and three daughters in Johannesburg, South Africa.
 
Published July 1, 2002 by Margaret K. McElderry. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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From Anna to Mr. Zimmerman, an alphabetical array of children, joined at the appropriate moments by their teacher, bus driver and principal, all recount the beginning of the first day of first grade.

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The first day of school is always a difficult transition for both parent and child and Haybillybun and his mother are no exception.

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Her delicately hued watercolors, predominantly green, blue and purple, contain the kind of entertaining and cozy detail—Mom's cookie-adorned apron and dog-bone hat, a quaint dog-populated village, Haybillybun's "rock'n'roll" sunglasses—that will draw in readers straightaway.

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