My First Day

Written and Illustrated by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

Steve Jenkins and Robin Page won New York Time’s Best Illustrated Book of the Year in 2006 for Move! and the 2004 Caldecott Honor for What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?

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We all know what human babies do on their first days: sleep, cry, eat, and fill their diapers!Buy on Amazon But what does a blue wildebeest, emperor penguin, or a golden snub-nosed monkey do on its first day? For succinct answers to those questions and more, My First Day is a must-read. Steven Jenkins and Robin Page do it again! For My First Day, they deliver a charmingly illustrated book packed with plenty of information to whet a young reader’s appetite for more information. The illustrations are filled with detail and texture. This book is a read aloud for a third grade class, and it would be amusing to have students read the text that accompanies each illustration and wait for the rest of the class to guess what kind of animal is described. Afterall, who would guess that any frog would be in his father’s mouth from tadpole to baby frog, even with the hint, “On my first day, I hopped out of my father’s mouth.”

The end of the book holds further information for each of the 22 animals described in this book. My First Day would be a good starting point for a unit on wild animals in which students research more animals and write about their findings. My First Day is a must-have for any third grade class.

  • My First DayTitle: My First Day
  • Authors/Illustrators: Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • Reviewer: Sharon Schulte
  • Hardback, 32 pages
  • ISBN: 978-0-547-73851-2
  • Genre: non-fiction/wild animals

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