First Grade, Here I Come!


After the first day of first grade, Henry's not sure how he feels about it. The teacher isn't like his kindergarten teacher, and the fifth-graders hog the monkey bars. But as Henry tells his mother about a new friend who likes soccer and about how he'll learn to read books, he begins to realize that maybe first grade won't be so bad after all.

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After the first day of first grade, Henry's not sure how he feels about it. The teacher isn't like his kindergarten teacher, and the fifth-graders hog the monkey bars. But as Henry tells his mother about a new friend who likes soccer and about how he'll learn to read books, he begins to realize that maybe first grade won't be so bad after all.

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[T]his encouraging book will help to calm those first-day-of-school jitters. -Booklist
Publishers Weekly
Henry, the mouse star of Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! moves up a notch for First Grade, Here I Come! by Nancy Carlson. As the book opens, the hero's mother asks him about his first day, and he tells her what he misses about kindergarten but also what he likes about his new first grade classroom. Carlson illustrates each memory as a thought balloon, while framing present-tense scenes with a clean white border. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
When Henry's mother and baby brother Pete meet Henry after his initial day of first grade, he has lots of things to report about his new experiences. He was surprised to discover that his teacher was a man; his kindergarten teacher had been a woman. This is only the first of many comparisons between last year and this new one. We see the trio walking home and then sharing milk and cookies with many of the recollections of the school day shown in cartoon blurbs over Henry's head, or set off with the cloud borders that demark "thinking." This treatise on a typical day in first grade is populated with a variety of animals: Henry is a mouse, his teacher is a large dog, his friends are pigs, pooches, rabbits, cats, and frogs. Henry learns a lot of things in just one day: opening the door of the guinea pig's cage results in a wild chase, going to art is fun, tuna melt actually tastes good, the teacher is willing to play kick ball at recess, he must look for the sign that says B-O-Y-S, etc. Henry even makes a new friend, Oswaldo, who also likes soccer and spiders. His science teacher has said to "just look at" spiders but Henry is shown holding one in his hand. Carlson's colorful cartoon-style illustrations are extremely apt for the reassuring storyline. Henry concludes that all of the new things about first grade are not too much for him because he is a "real first grader now!" Children will enjoy the classroom specifics (bulletin boards, cubbies, the science corner, etc.) and the details of Henry's home, such as the wallpaper decorated with cheese wedges.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1-In Carlson's third book about Henry and his adventures, the mouse has just spent his first day in first grade and is not quite sure how he feels about it. However, as he describes his experiences to his mother, he realizes that for every negative (he doesn't sit near any of his old friends) there is a positive (he's made a new pal who likes soccer and spiders as much as he does). By the time he's finished with his recitation, he's excited, happy, and proud that he's "a real first grader now!" Children taking this monumental step will sympathize with Henry's uncertainty and be reassured by his adjustment. The vibrantly colored illustrations and the cast of animal characters have lots of child appeal. Librarians will particularly appreciate the page where Henry and his classmates are eagerly investigating the "Everybody Books" in the school library. Whether used for storytime or independent reading, the book is sure to find an audience.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Henry has graduated from kindergarten, but that doesn't mean he has necessarily left it behind. When his mother asks how his first day in first grade went, he says, "I didn't like it because I missed kindergarten." His mother encourages him to talk about it. As Henry goes about debriefing her, he develops a whole new picture. The teacher was new-and a man!-but he was also a good guy, as evidenced by the fact that he liked Henry's pet worm. There were new kids, too, but Henry had already made a friend in Oswaldo. There was a cool science corner with a really fast guinea pig (discovered when you just happen to open Curly's cage door). Minor problems are knit up, a little independence is dispensed and the first day of first grade turns out actually to be pretty neat. Prospective first-graders will find Carlson's story enormously buoyant, floating those first-day cares away on the backs of her sweet, lopsided characters. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142412732
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 7/9/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 64,792
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

    Very good - can't wait to get to school!

    (Review written by my grand-daughter who just started first grade. So far, only a few tears!

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