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Off to First Grade
by Louise Borden and Joan Rankin


Overview - It's the first day of first grade, and everyone in Mrs. Miller's class is getting ready Anna is excited about reading zillions of books, Ben's mom gives him a big off-to-first-grade hug, and Claire poses for a first-day picture. In "Off to First Grade" we hear from all twenty-three of Mrs.  Read more...

 
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More About Off to First Grade by Louise Borden; Joan Rankin
 
 
 
Overview
It's the first day of first grade, and everyone in Mrs. Miller's class is getting ready Anna is excited about reading zillions of books, Ben's mom gives him a big off-to-first-grade hug, and Claire poses for a first-day picture. In "Off to First Grade" we hear from all twenty-three of Mrs. Miller's students - from Anna to Yoshi - and even the school principal, Mr. Zimmerman, as they prepare for a day that promises to be filled with fun, learning and laughs.
Every young reader will find someone to identify with as this class deals with the excitement, nerves and feelings of anticipation that go along with the first day of first grade.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780689873959
  • ISBN-10: 0689873956
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publish Date: July 2008
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8


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Ready, set, go!

Mrs. Miller's students are heading to Elm School in Off to First Grade, a delightful book written by Louise Borden and illustrated by Joan Rankin. This is truly a story about beginnings, taking a slightly different approach than most first-day books: it's all about the getting ready and going, and not about what happens once everyone gets there.

The story is told from the 23 students' points of view, in short snippets, as the children share their enthusiasm, hopes, fears and questions that first morning. They all have something to share, starting with A for Anna and ending with Z for Mr. Zimmerman, the principal. Mostly there is excitement, as Anna brags to her little brother about the "zillions of books" she will read to him, and Otto admires his new red sneakers. Of course, there's some nervousness: Ignacio is a newly arrived immigrant and Yoshi isn't sure he's ready. By the end of the book, all 23 children stand in a circle around Mrs. Miller and Mr. Zimmerman, who is ready to read them a book (a copy of Off to First Grade is tucked under his arm). Rankin's lovely watercolors make each student jump to life, and give this book about "going" great forward motion.

 
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