School's First Day of School

School's First Day of School

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It's the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone's just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself. What will the children do once they come? Will they like the school? Will they be nice to him? The school has a rough start, but as the day goes on, he soon recovers when he sees that he's not the only one going through first-day jitters.
Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781596439641
Call Number: jPS REX
Characteristics: 36 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Additional Contributors: Robinson, Christian - Illustrator


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caleherreman Jul 16, 2019

A new school is built, gets to know its best friend, Janitor, but it's nervous about what it will be like when it's full of students and teachers! School has a lot of the expected first-day jitters, but really takes notice of a girl who is also clearly nervous. Cute story with stylish illustration.

Nov 16, 2018

Beautifully illustrated and interesting story from the point of view of the school.

RobertELPL Nov 15, 2016

There are plenty of books that look at the first day of school from the point of view of the child. This books tackles those same nerves and worries from the viewpoint of the school. Adults and older kids will appreciate the humor and thoughts the school has, and will probably recognize them as the same thoughts they once had. Younger kids will also most likely be able to relate to both the school and the kids that go to it.Very clever and heartfelt; this is a great read for anyone who has had (or will have) those first-day-jitters.

SPL_Kids Sep 19, 2016

A full review of this picture book can be found in the "summary" section.
The review was published in the Stratford Gazette on Sept. 1, 2016.

nmaryann Aug 26, 2016

"‘Don’t worry—you’ll like the children.’

But the school thought that Janitor was probably wrong about that.

Then they came, the children did, and there were more of them than the school could have possibly imagined."

Adam Rex and Christian Robinson deliver an absolute must read to ease first day jitters! A fresh perspective on the first day of school.

ArapahoeMary Aug 24, 2016

Just like the kids who will be starting at the newly-built Frederick Douglass Elementary School soon, School is nervous about what's to come. Will the students like him? Will HE like them? What, exactly, happens at school? This fresh twist on first-day-of-school jitters is warm and delightful. Robinson's color-blocky illustrations are accessible and fun, and add just the right element of "humanity" to the main-character building.

LibrarianDest Aug 08, 2016

A breath of fresh air in the back-to-school genre. Kids only think about how they feel about school -- do they ever wonder how SCHOOL feels about them?

KCLSWhitney Jul 09, 2016

A sweet picture book about the first day of school, told from the perspective of the school itself. Especially apt for incoming kindergartners or preschoolers.


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RobertELPL Nov 15, 2016

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SPL_Kids Sep 19, 2016

On the first day of school, someone (or something) is very nervous. It isn’t a student. It isn’t a teacher …. it’s the newly-built school itself!
A janitor has told the school that many children will soon fill the building. The school feels rather frightened at the prospect. Will there be enough room? What will all those students do?
On the first morning, more children than the school could have imagined pour into the halls and classrooms. They explore everywhere, opening all the doors and lockers and drinking from the water fountain. They run up and down the halls and play happily on the jungle gym. The school thinks “This isn’t too bad!”
But then it cringes when it hears one student say, “I HATE school!”
Then the school notices one very small girl who doesn’t want to enter the school at all. Her mother has to carry her. “Why, I must be simply terrifying!” the school thinks sadly.
A little later, his fire alarm rings. It’s a fire drill! Everyone leaves the school, stands outside and stares at the building. The school is confused and feels quite embarrassed.
As the day goes on, however, the school cheers up as it sees the children enjoying new friendships, listening to stories, making pictures, learning about science and playing on the jungle gym.
When it is time to leave, everyone wants to return the next day.
And the school is very happy about that!
This imaginative, fun picture book offers an unusual and soothing perspective on the first day of school.
** Recommended for ages 3 to 6 years.
** Reviewed by Sally Hengeveld, librarian, Stratford Public Library.


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