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I thought the book was very poorly published. It seemed more like a year book instead of a book geared toward kids heading into kindergarten. Their was way to many words per page and wouldn’t keep young readers attention.
With captivating illustrations and an imaginative storyline, The First Day of School by Dr. Terance Shipman is a must-have for any child who is about to start school. It’s is the second book in the Mr. Shipman’s Kindergarten Chronicles series and just like the first book, this one continues to celebrate the male teacher, in particular the black male teacher. Mr. Shipman presents a positive and strong black male image that children need.
The first day of Kindergarten is an exciting and emotional day for both you and your child, but it can also be a day of celebration and family fun. We know that school anxiety is real and one way we can help minimize it is to read a lot of books about what to expect in kindergarten. We think The First Day of School will be a great help to prepare your children for the exciting world of kindergarten!
Mr. Shipman’s book addresses the fear of many children setting off on that first day of school – the anxiety, the worry, and the imagined worst-case-scenarios through the eyes of a little girl Bonicia. Dewayne is a little brother to Bonicia who is soon to start kindergarten. He knows all about kindergarten because his older sister told him. She happily recalls The First Day of School in Mr. Shipman’s classroom. Mr. Shipman is their kindergarten teacher, and makes The First Day of School a memorable and delightful experience for all his students. Bonicia reassures his brother that he will have a fantastic day at school. By the end of the book, the young boy is excited and looks forward to his first day at school in Mr. Shipman’s classroom!
From morning announcement to school building tour, recess to nap time, circle time, lunch time to story time, everything in a kindergartner’s school day is covered in this delightful picture book. Kids will learn about making new friends and what good teaching is and the value of a good teacher. They will no doubt be excited by all the fun events and activities they will experience in kindergarten.
The colorful illustrations – created by the illustrator, Milan Ristic– contribute to the humor of the story. The illustrations fit well with the words to add to the humor and show the child’s angst which is quickly resolved. The images are bright, bold, uncomplicated. Sometimes there are small illustrations on the page with text beside it that helps the reader figure out the text. This one should be on every Pre-K shelf.
You know it’s a great read when you can relate to the characters in the book. My kids are all grown up now. However, I am always looking for good reads to give as gifts to my family, friends, and their little ones. This book brought back memories for me. I remember the first day of school when I dropped my kids off. I think I had more anxiety than they did. Thank goodness there was a teacher much like Mr. Shipman that helped me cope. This is a great read for new parents, teachers, students , and more. I hope you enjoy “The First Day Of School as much as I did and more.
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2018
Cute little story. I really liked that it was told from the point of view of the child, and that it was based on what Mr. Shipman actually did with his kindergarten classes. However, the formatting wasn't good on the Kindle edition I read. First, it wasn't obvious where the book even started after the introduction. Second, there were numbers (supposed to be page numbers??) in the middle of sentences and such all the time. A couple of times, the words showed up red instead of black. Finally, the pictures didn't really line up with what was happening in the book. This last part isn't much of a problem, but the other things I mentioned bothered me more. Still a good story, though. I'm sure it would be better in a print copy. Note: I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.