First Day
Author: Dandi Daley Mackall; Illustrator: Tiphanie Beeke
Pages: 32
Publisher/Date: Silver Whistle/Harcourt/2003
ISBN: 0152165770
Age Levels: 3-7

Book Review

The narrator in First Day tells of her first-day jitters in simple, rhyming sentences:

Swirls of girls,
bands of boys,
talking, laughing, making noise.
I already miss my toys.
It's only my first day.

Once in the classroom she plans her getaway (digging to China with a spoon, or taking a rocket to the moon). "I'd be outta here by noon," she posits. But, like most children on their first day, the narrator finds that school is not quite as bad as she imagined it to be. Coloring sheets with teddy bears, building tall towers, a new lunch box, and recess, all combine to make the day enjoyable. By story's end she asks, "How much better can it get on my second day?"

Accompanying the large-print text are watercolor and acrylic illustrations. Done in somewhat muted, warm colors, the childlike paintings are full of realistic details and smiling faces, giving the book a comforting, friendly feel.

Classroom Use: This is a great choice for a first-day-of-school read aloud.

Reviewed by the teachers at Education Oasis.
©2003 Education Oasis®

About the Author

Dandi Daley Mackall is the author of more than three hundred books for adults and children, including the popular Winnie the Horse Gentler series. She lives in Ohio. You may visit the author's website. While you are there, be sure to check out her other wonderful titles.

About the Illustrator

Tiphanie Beeke has illustrated many books for children, including Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss. She lives in Strasbourg, France.