It's Your First Day of School, Annie Claire


Is tomorrow the day?
Yes it is, my dear.
The first day of school
Will finally be here.
It’s Annie Claire’s first day of school, and she doesn’t know what to expect: What if she snores during nap time? What if the other kids ...

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Is tomorrow the day?
Yes it is, my dear.
The first day of school
Will finally be here.
It’s Annie Claire’s first day of school, and she doesn’t know what to expect: What if she snores during nap time? What if the other kids count and color better than she can? What if no one plays with her?
Perfect for every child who is about to start school and needs some reassurance about the changes to come, the cheerful text and soothing illustrations in It’s Your First Day of School, Annie Claire will calm fears and build excitement for the special new year ahead.

F&P level: I

F&P genre: F

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As she savors her last day of freedom with her beloved mother, a puppy proves to be a cute bundle of anxieties. What if school is a series of small disasters—spilled milk, social rejection, homesickness and snoring during naptime? Mom confesses to a little anxiety herself (“We will get used to this./ We both have to try”), but adds that nothing is really changing: “My love stays with you/ Wherever you are—/ Whenever I'm near you,/ Whenever I'm far.” Carlstrom's cooing and Moore's dainty watercolors probably make this too mushy for many, but children who need big doses of comfort may find it the literary equivalent of a security blanket. Ages 3–7. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Preschool jitters are gently explored in dialogue format reminiscent of Margaret Wise Brown's classic The Runaway Bunny (HarperCollins, 1942). Annie Claire, a puppy, asks questions that reflect her anxieties about starting school. Mom provides reassuring responses to quell her fears: "What if I spill my milk/All over the floor?/We'll just clean it up—/It's happened before." Soothing watercolors, outlined in pen on cold press paper, create soft illustrations that emphasize the fun, excitement, and positive aspects of this milestone. The animal classmates, teachers, school staff, and Mom and Annie Claire are portrayed with subtle facial expressions and gestures that support the text. What gives this tender title depth is the relationship between mother and daughter. The mother's comments are messages of love and encouragement. Annie Claire poignantly brings the story to its conclusion with a question about what her mother's day will be like when she is at school. A charming story for parent-child sharing.—Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY
Kirkus Reviews
With a cadence reminiscent of her Jesse Bear books, Carlstrom introduces Annie Claire and her mother, who engage in a soothing duet as the pup prepares for her first day of school. Annie Claire expresses her anticipatory anxieties one by one-"What if I spill my milk / All over the floor?"-and her mother calmly answers each in turn-"We'll just clean it up- / It's happened before." While the text sometimes falters in its scansion, its patterned structure provides a consistent, solid underpinning to the reassuring message. Moore's delicate ink-and-watercolor paintings depict a retriever-like Annie Claire engaging in all her imagined gaffes, following up verse by verse with her mother's rejoinders. It's very sweet, not very original and certain to find an audience. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810940574
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 993,792
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy White Carlstrom is the author of the bestselling Jesse Bear series. She lives on a hill in Seattle, Washington. Margie Moore is the illustrator of A Horse’s Tale and Bear of My Heart. She lives near the seashore in Wall, New Jersey.

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