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Title:
Vera's first day of school
Author:
Rosenberry, Vera.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holt, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 27 cm
Summary:
Vera cannot wait for the day when she starts school, but the first day does not go exactly as she has anticipated.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 47525.
ISBN:
9780805059366
Format :
Book

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Summary

Tomorrow was Vera's first day of school. She was big at last. Vera has looked forward to her first day of school for as long as she can remember. Finally the day arrives, and Vera is bursting with excitement. But when she sees the older children in the playground, she suddenly gets frightened and stays behind. Before she knows it, the bell has rung and the giant green doors of the school have closed. Now Vera is late. What will she do? The first day of school can be both thrilling and scary. With charm and gentle humor, Vera Rosenberry explores all the different feelings associated with this important milestone.


Author Notes

Vera Rosenberry is the author and illustrator of When Vera Was Sick which was praised as "a lovely book" in The New York Times . A former resident of Salt Lake City, Utah, Ms. Rosenberry now lives in Cambridge, England with her husband.


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Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. 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


Publisher's Weekly Review

"Vera's eager anticipation of starting school drains away at the intimidating sight of all the new kids. But the day turns out better than it begins in this reassuring companion to When Vera Was Sick," noted PW. Ages 4-7. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Vera is excited because it's her first day of school in this picture book by Vera Rosenberry (Holt, 1999). After walking to school with her older sisters and agreeing to meet them at the buckeye tree at the end of the day, Vera is left alone on the playground to wait for school to begin. But the playground is crowded and the school seems far away so Vera sits down to think. She's intent on watching a caterpillar that she misses the school bell and is late for class. Not knowing what to do, Vera goes home and hides under her bed where her mother finds her. After a hug and an explanation, Vera's mother walks Vera back to school where she meets her teacher and her class. After school, Vera meets hers sisters as planned and they walk home none the wiser. Rosenberry's text and brightly colored gouache illustrations are well served by Laura Hamilton's gentle narration that expresses all of the excitement, doubt, and accomplishment that every child feels on the first day of school. Some sound effects enhance the story. One side of the cassette has clear page-turn signals. A good choice for parents to share with children preparing to go to school for the first time or for teachers to use with a class on the first day of school.-Veronica Schwartz, Des Plaines Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.