It's Back To School We Go!: First Day Stories From Around The World

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In easy-to-read text, describes what the first day of school might be like for a child in Kenya, Kazakhstan, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, Peru, Germany, India, Russia, and the United States.
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In easy-to-read text, describes what the first day of school might be like for a child in Kenya, Kazakhstan, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, Peru, Germany, India, Russia, and the United States.
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Students from around the world start out each year to attend their the first day of school. This very interesting book gives a snapshot of this first day for children in eleven different countries from Canada to Australia. Some children walk, while others travel on buses or even by canoe to get to school. Traditions differ from country to country. In Japan, school attendance is five days each week and Saturday mornings twice a month. Besides learning to write over one thousand Japanese kanji characters, primary school students study other subjects, such as arithmetic and art. Each student arrives early once a week to help with jobs around the school, such as, weeding grass, sweeping, or shoveling snow. Children take turns helping in the cafeteria preparing lunch. A popular activity that Japanese children enjoy is origami, which is a technique of folding paper to create a variety of shapes. The brief stories would be helpful for parents to read to children to help them prepare for their first day of school. The book would be an excellent choice for a school library. 2003, Millbrook Press, Ages 7 to 12.
— Sally Niezgoda
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-Large, eye-catching spreads introduce the school experiences of children from 11 different countries, including Kenya, Kazakhstan, China, and Canada. Each entry includes the student's name, age (ranging from six to nine), and place of residence. Then, in a chatty style, the youngsters tell about their first day, describing the activities and the ambience of the school as well as their particular locale's customs, foods, and family life. Bulleted lists present additional information. Stylized borders surround the text, and several colorful, realistic illustrations help bring each setting to life. A simplified world map shows the positions of the featured nations. A helpful list of Web resources includes sites for games, recipes, languages, and e-pals from around the world. Although there are many books about the first day of school, this multinational approach provides material for comparing and contrasting cultures. A good choice for group sharing or individual reading throughout the academic year.-Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761325628
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/5/2003
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 12.42 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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