My First Day at Nursery School

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"I want my mommy!" is this hesitant little girl's response to her first day at nursery school. But after she gets involved with glue-y projects, singing and dancing, painting, game playing and meeting new friends, she gradually changes her mind about nursery school. Children (and parents!) who are anxious about the transition to daycare or preschool will find this book both spirited and comforting. The clever front and back jacket illustrations hint at the happy ending and the interior art is playful and bursting...

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Overview

"I want my mommy!" is this hesitant little girl's response to her first day at nursery school. But after she gets involved with glue-y projects, singing and dancing, painting, game playing and meeting new friends, she gradually changes her mind about nursery school. Children (and parents!) who are anxious about the transition to daycare or preschool will find this book both spirited and comforting. The clever front and back jacket illustrations hint at the happy ending and the interior art is playful and bursting with color.

On the first day of preschool, a little girl misses her mother, but on the second day she is excited to go back.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
With gentle humor, Becky Edwards strikes a reassuring tone in My First Day at Nursery School. Most little ones will probably empathize with the first-person narrator, who is a bit wary of this new experience. But the amazing playhouse, sparkly glue, shiny paper and fun friends change the child's refrain of "I want my mommy" to "I want to stay at nursery school" by the last page. The book ends happily when the excited student realizes she can return the very next day. Anthony Flintoff's bright illustrations portray a multicultural classroom busy with art activities, music and playtime—and can help your preschooler anticipate what's to come. 2004 (orig. 2002), Bloomsbury, and Ages 2 to 5.
—Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
PreS-Vibrant watercolor and pen-and-ink artwork and an accessible text make this picture book an adequate addition to first-day-of-school collections. After her mother drops her off and says a rather quick good-bye, the young narrator has only one thought: "I want my mommy." On the next page, she begins to explore the classroom, noticing that there is a playhouse with a blue tea set, pots, and spoons. Then she thinks about her mother again, but this time, she says, "I want my-." As the day progresses, this refrain becomes shorter and shorter, reflecting the child's growing interest in the activities and objects that surround her and showing that she is becoming comfortable with her new environment. Finally, when her mother arrives to pick her up, the girl declares, "I want to stay at nursery school." The appealing paintings depict a busy classroom, complete with inviting play areas and a multicultural cast of smiling playmates. Alternating between double- and full-page spreads and smaller vignettes, the varied layout keeps the action moving and reflects the frenetic energy level of preschoolers at work. The warm palette combined with the child's contagious enthusiasm will help to lift the mood of children reluctant to face that daunting first day.-Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A worried little girl faces her first day at nursery school with a frown. Flintoft's full-bleed watercolors-crisply lined in fine, black ink-show mother and child parting and the teacher leading the girl into an inviting classroom. "I want my mommy," the child says anxiously. Flintoft varies the pacing as the girl explores her new environment. On the next spread, for example, a trio of vignettes shows her playing with a tea set, her mouth turned up in a smile; however, she soon repeats a part of her frightened refrain: "I want my . . . " she says. Edwards accurately reflects the emotional life-and the attention span-of a preschooler by quickly alternating between playful scenes and ever-shortening lamentations. By the end of the day, the child has been so busy painting, gluing, making music, and more that she's surprised when her mother arrives to take her home. "But I do not want to go home . . . " she says, plainly having changed her mind about nursery school after recalling the day's events. The clever closing mimics the opener and makes the transformation complete. A welcome follow-up to Edwards's My Brother Sammy (an award-winner in Britain) and a noteworthy debut for Flintoft. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582349091
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 7/7/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 351,760
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.56 (w) x 10.72 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Becky Edwards won the award for Best Children's Picture Book in 1999 for My Brother Sammy. She lives in England.

Anthony Flintoft lives in England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2009

    EXCELLENT book.......traditional nursery school

    Excellent book for children going to school for the first time.
    I am a preschool teacher and read it every year to my students.
    THe book is directed more for the tradional Nursery School, not day care or for children that do before and after care at the school. Books like this are hard to find.........colorful, fun to read, short so it keeps their attention. I would highly reccomend this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2002

    HAVE A NICE DAY

    Edward's simply-told, gently reassuring story combines well with Anthony Flintof's lively, candy-hued watercolor and ink illustrations. Together they strike just the right note and have created a nice addition to the preexisting library of story books tackling the dreaded first-day hurdle.

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