First Day

First Day

by Joan Rankin


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It's the first day of school at Yappy Puppy Play School and Haybillybun is not so sure he wants to go. What if the other kids make fun of his fluffy feet? Or his long name? Can't his mother go in his place and he'll stay at home?

But when he gets to school, Haybillybun discovers that everyone has a long name and he decides he'll stay after all. His mother returns home alone and finds she's missing her little boy more than she ever thought she would. Is he all right?

How Haybillybun and his mother each experience the first day of school is the heart of Joan Rankin's warm and funny story, just right for little ones and their parents, who all must face their own first days sooner or later.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416968481
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication date: 11/28/2007
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 974,832
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: AD510L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Joan Rankin has illustrated more than twenty-five books for children. She received the South African HAUM Dann Retief Prize for Children’s Book Illustration in 1986 and the Katrina Harris Award for Children’s Book Illustration in 1991. Books she has illustrated include A Frog in the Bog by Karma Wilson and Off to First Grade by Louise Borden. She lives with her husband and three daughters in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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mdrumgold on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Haybillybun is Afraid to go to school on the first day. He is afraid that he will not fit in with his long name, his slippery feet and his big scary eyes. "Oh, Mom!" " Can't you go to school for me?" After Haybillybun made it to school he had a great time with the other kids, they even had long names just like him. This cute story is good to read to kindergartners on their first day of school.
HopeMiller123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a little dog that does not want to go to school. His mnother tries to convince him that he'll be fine, but the ;little dog is still hesitant. As the mother drops the dog off to school she begin her daily routine of cleaning the entire house. As she is cleaning, she realizes that maybe it was too soon for her puppy to go to school. She decides to race to the school to save him, but when she gets there her son is having so much fun. She waits for him to get out and he tells her that he really likes school.
feboudre on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mom wakes up Haybillybun for his first day of school, but he is so nervous that he does not want to go. He tries making up excuses to stay home but they do not work. When mom brings him to school and when she gets back home she worries about him. She realizes she misses him too much and runs back to get him, but finds him doing just fine and having a good time. Genre: FictionAge(s): 4-8
Guest More than 1 year ago
Writer/illustrator Joan Rankin ('Wow! It's Great To Be A Duck') has an excellent ear for phrases that children use and silly words that make them laugh. Her parent-child dialog exchanges are smart, honest, and straight out of the average family home, with the welcome exception of her hilariously creative student names from Pipsqueaker to Susieshyshoes. Wise, too is Rankin's choice to populate her Pre-K classroom with personified canines; this immediately warms nervous kids to the characters, and puts them at ease by distancing the oh-so-close-to-home problem.