A Very Full Morning

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Little Tooth is so nervous, she can hardly fall asleep. Tomorrow is her very first day of school! Tomorrow will be a day full of new experiences and surprises.

Tomorrow will be a very full morning!

Eva Montanari?s beautiful illustrations and sunset-wattage colors bring this story of the first day of school to life. Kids will sigh with relief to know that even a teacher gets a little scared of September!

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Overview

Little Tooth is so nervous, she can hardly fall asleep. Tomorrow is her very first day of school! Tomorrow will be a day full of new experiences and surprises.

Tomorrow will be a very full morning!

Eva Montanari’s beautiful illustrations and sunset-wattage colors bring this story of the first day of school to life. Kids will sigh with relief to know that even a teacher gets a little scared of September!

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"Italian author and illustrator Eva Montanari brings us a fresh angle on the first day of school." Bookpage
Publishers Weekly
Spare, patterned text, peculiar artistic perspectives and an odd-looking rabbit who isn't what she seems to be combine for one delightfully offbeat tale. Little Tooth, so named for the single tooth sitting front and center in her small mouth, is anxious about starting school. When the special day arrives, "Little Tooth chooses a dress from her closet full of clothes... walks along a path full of stones... comes to a yard full of bags" (pictured as backpacks) and finally enters a room "full of watching eyes." Despite her carrying a purse (instead of a backpack) with one extremely long pencil poking out, most youngters won't realize until the end that Little Tooth is actually the teacher. Montanari (Tiff, Taff, and Lulu) tilts several scenes at 45-degree angles. In one spread, Little Tooth sits at a desk piled high with books, the topmost tomes tipping from a stack and falling across the book's gutter. The playful elongated views convey feelings of unease and wonderment, emotions familiar to neophyte students and teachers alike. Little Tooth's large ears function like an extra set of limbs (they hold toast at breakfast, for instance). Youngsters will relish this story full of fun while appreciating its comforting message: they are not the only ones wracked by nerves on the first day of school. Ages 4-8. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Little Tooth, a sweet-looking long-eared rabbit-like creature finds it hard to sleep the night before she is going to "a very special place." On that special morning, she dresses, eats a special breakfast, walks through a gate, along a path, to a yard full of bags on backs which she follows down a hall to a room full of tables, all "full of ears." Little Tooth apprehensively looks through a pile of books in the room full of watching eyes and closed, waiting mouths. We are almost holding our breath until one bunny, behind the books, announces that she is the teacher, and it is her first day of school as well. Then we can relax with Little Tooth, as "the room is full of smiles." The very spare text, with only a dozen or so words per double page, acts as captions for the intriguing acrylic and colored pencil illustrations. These are surreal images which convey the anxieties generated by new experiences like the first day of school. There are no real settings, just areas of painted backdrops. A wide-eyed Little Tooth seems lost in her enormous bed; the stone path she walks is a crescent of dozens of various shaped and colored small stones; the one "free table" in the classroom needs a ladder to access the stacks of books already teetering. But the ending should prove reassuring to fearful new students.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-The first day of school takes on a surreal aspect as Little Tooth, a long-eared bunny, tries to fall asleep on the eve of the big event. The artwork's unusual perspectives emphasize the wide-eyed rabbit who lies awake in her huge bed. In the morning, she sets off carrying a shoulder bag containing a disproportionately long, sharp-pointed pencil. She walks through a barred gate, follows a stream of bunnies into a building, and hurries through a curving corridor. She enters a crowded room and takes the only empty seat at a tall table. Looking at the expectant faces in front of her, she gathers her courage, and says, "I'm your teacher. It's my first day of school as well." While the simple text presents a clever twist on first-day jitters, youngsters might find the acrylic and colored-pencil illustrations unsettling. The distorted visual perspectives, swirling hues, and dreamlike quality create a disturbing, tension-filled atmosphere. The stark depictions of the school and classroom are frightening and off-putting, and Little Tooth's anxious facial expressions add to the uneasy mood. While the story ends on a reassuring note, apprehensive first-timers might come away more worried than comforted.-Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618563180
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/14/2006
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Eva Montanari lives in Rimini, Italy, and graduated from the European School of Design in Milan. She has illustrated several books that have been published in her native Italy as well as Taiwan, Germany, Japan, and the United States.

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