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D.W., Arthur's fun and sassy little sister, stars in this humorous guide to a child's very first day of school. From naps to snacks to playtime, D.W. covers it all in this helpful and hilarious guidebook to a very important rite of passage. Full color.

D.W., Arthur's fun and sassy little sister, stars in this humorous guide to a child's very first day of school. From naps to snacks to playtime, D.W. covers it all in this helpful ...

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D.W., Arthur's fun and sassy little sister, stars in this humorous guide to a child's very first day of school. From naps to snacks to playtime, D.W. covers it all in this helpful and hilarious guidebook to a very important rite of passage. Full color.

D.W., Arthur's fun and sassy little sister, stars in this humorous guide to a child's very first day of school. From naps to snacks to playtime, D.W. covers it all in this helpful and hilarious guidebook to a very important rite of passage.

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Arthur's little sister, D.W., tells what's what at preschool in this laugh-out-loud guide from Marc Brown.

From free play to lunchtime to recess, D.W. lets kids know that preschool is all about meeting people and having lots of fun, with a little chaos thrown in. Although "some kids are sad" when parents drop them off, the sassy and self-assured D.W. assures readers that "I'm not.… It's no big deal." As for those necessary bathroom breaks, she points out that "Once, Dennis wet his pants. I pretended not to notice because we're learning to be polite." And later, when the class learns "The Wheels on the Bus," D.W. doesn't "know why, because we can't take the bus until next year, when we're in kindergarten." All the cool things about preschool don't just end at the end of the day, though, because as D.W. points out, "I'm not sad, because I get to come back tomorrow!"

With Marc Brown's recognizably snappy artwork to add to the preschool fun, D.W.'s guide should put those preschool fears at ease. The little aardvark's confidence and chipper demeanor sets a great example, and the playfulness of the other preschoolers will keep kids giggling. There's no school to fear when D.W. is here! Matt Warner

Publishers Weekly
"Arthur's spunky younger sister lays out a typical day so that preschoolers know what to expect," PW said. "Cheery watercolors of human and animal classmates depict songs and games during circle time, snack break and playground activities." Ages 3-6. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
D.W., another unforgettable character created by Marc Brown, is featured in this entertaining story. From the very first page Arthur's little sister invites you to explore her day at preschool. Set in the familiar surroundings of a school, the preschool environment lends its characters a believable and realistic quality. With a minimal amount of information on each page the story is easy to understand and enriched with recognizable characters. The engaging text, along with colorful and detailed illustrations transport the reader into D.W.'s world. Each page abounds with visuals portraying a genuine preschool setting. From the art on the walls, play areas, work centers, cubbies, and paintings, to potty problems and pick up time your child will learn to recognize what an adventure a day at school can become. D.W.'s authoritative voice guides the listener past his/her school time jitters to introduce him to new and fascinating surroundings, making it a must have for all preschool age children. 2003, Little Brown & Company, and Ages 2 to 5.
—Kimberly O'Meara
School Library Journal
PreS-Arthur's talkative, spirited, and sometimes bossy little sister invites young listeners to join her for a day at her preschool. With smiles and assurances, she gives instructions about saying good-bye to parents and hello to the other students and even to the class pet. Her chatty tone is comforting and reassuring, as she talks about snack time, bathroom breaks, boo-boos, free play, and circle time. The story ends with the children being picked up, reassuring youngsters that their parents will come back for them. Brown's signature pen-and-ink watercolors perfectly capture the characters' activities and emotions. Preschoolers will love D.W.'s matter-of-fact advice and will want to listen to this story again and again. A great book for sharing at home or during storytime to calm first-day jitters.-Tracy Bell, Durham Public Schools, NC Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316120692
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Series: D. W. Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.87 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc Brown

Marc Brown is the creator of the bestselling D.W. series and the hugely popular Arthur Adventure series. He is also the creative producer of the Emmy Award-winning PBS television series Arthur. Marc Brown lives with his family in Hingham, Massachusetts, and on Martha's Vineyard.


Marc Brown recalls a phone call he received late one night at his home in Hingham, Massachustts, just outside of Boston. On the other end of the line, a small, obviously young voice asked, "Is Arthur there?"

"I told him that Arthur had already gone to bed," Brown recalled for the Los Angeles Times in 1996. "And so should he."

That such phone call is not an isolated occurrence at the Brown household is testament to the popularity -- and approachability -- of Brown's creation. Arthur is not simply the world's most famous bespectacled aardvark, he is also a kid just like any other, grappling with same issues his readers are: annoying sisters, terrifying teachers, and babysitting nightmares. Arthur may be a drawing, but to his fans, he seems quite real.

"I feel like I'm listening to my own kids," Carol Greenwald, who produces the companion television program for PBS, told People in 1997. "I have to bite back the urge to say, 'Stop bickering.'"

By now, the Arthur series has produced more than 10 million books as well as a hit television show for PBS and made his creator a wealthy man. But the early days were a different story. Separated from his wife, living with his mother-in-law and recently released from his job as a college professor, Brown came home in the mid-1970s to a request from his 4-year-old son, Tolon:

Tell me a story.

And make it about a weird animal.

So, as Brown reached into the possibilities of uncommon zoology for his son's nocturnal enjoyment, he also concocted the beginnings of a career. He took his new creation to a friend at Atlantic Monthly Press who gave him guidance, and he landed a publishing deal for the first book in what would become a series: Arthur's Nose. And the big money started rolling in. His first check was somewhere around $70 to $80. (The number seems to vary with the telling.)

"I was imagining buying a new car, and instead I got groceries," he told the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida. "It was about five years before I felt like I could make a living doing this."

Brown had long dreamed of illustrating children's books, inspired in high school by Maurice Sendak's classic Where the Wild Things Are. As a student at the Cleveland Institute of Art, he says he found that such pursuits were considered too pedestrian for the serious artistic mind: He has said his decision to include his illustrations in his submission for the institute's drawing award cost him the prize.

After Cleveland, he worked as a cook and a delivery truck driver who kept getting lost. He also farmed chickens. He found freelance work as a professional illustrator in the textbook field and even worked on an Isaac Asimov book for his first non-textbook assignment.

Arthur, though, eventually opened all the right doors. And, aside from that series, Brown has also illustrated books for other children's authors and drawn on his own life for books outside the Arthur titles. The end of his first marriage eventually yielded a children's book, Dinosaur's Divorce: A Guide for Changing Families.

"When I went through a divorce..., I went to the library hoping to find books to help my two young sons through the experience," he is quoted in Contemporary Authors as saying. "I found little information, and what there was very sexist, depicting children living with the mother and the father living in a depressing residential hotel. Our experience was different: my sons lived with me. I started keeping a file for a book I had in mind to write one day."

Brown makes no secret of his habit of mining his own life for his children's fiction. The Arthur books, in fact, are something of a family album: Arthur's sister D. W. is a composite of his own sisters, Arthur's adventures in babysitting were inspired by his own experience watching over two children who tied him to a chair and scampered off to find hiding places in their enormous house. Grandma Thora doesn't even have a different name from his own grandmother, who used to save all of his childhood drawings and later encouraged him to go to art school.

And when Brown and his second wife had another child, Eliza, he decided he shouldn't be the only one saddled with the less enjoyable aspects of child care. He gave Arthur a baby sister, Kate.

"I though if I had to change diapers," he told the Christian Science Monitor in 1997, "so should Arthur."

Good To Know

Brown changed his first name from Mark to Marc because he was so enthralled with the work of painter Marc Chagall.

He told People magazine in 1997 that Arthur is the spitting image of his third-grade class picture.

Brown dresses up as Arthur on Halloween, which makes his house a must-stop for the children of Hingham, Massachusetts.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Marc Tolan Brown
    2. Hometown:
      Hingham, Massachusetts and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 25, 1946
    2. Place of Birth:
      Erie, Pennsylvania
    1. Education:
      M.F.A., Cleveland Institute of Art, 1969

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2009

    Excellent intro to preschool for my toddler!

    I purchased this over the summer to get my 3-year old used to the idea of preschool, as he would be starting nursery school in September. He loved it! We read it over and over again in the weeks leading up to his big day. I believe it helped prepare him for school by introducing many of the things he would be doing and feeling. I would highly recommend this book to other parents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2003

    Fun for a Preschooler

    My 3-year-old, who just started preschool, wants to hear this book over and over. He loves being able to say, 'We do that in preschool, too'. D.W. is her irreverent self, making this a funny book for adults to read to children, too.

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