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Mom, It's My First Day of Kindergarten! (edition 2012)

by Hyewon Yum

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Title:Mom, It's My First Day of Kindergarten!
Authors:Hyewon Yum
Info:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (2012), Hardcover, 40 pages
Collections:Picture Books
Tags:School, First Day

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Mom, It's My First Day of Kindergarten! by Hyewon Yum



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In the beginning, mom appears small and gray, as she worries and wonders about her son's first day of school. Her son appears large, rosy, happy and optimistic, offering a solution to every problem his mom presents. As her son gets her to school, another mom reaches out, and she begins to "grow" and become more colorful.
  mlbailey77 | Apr 17, 2015 |
The little boy is very excited to go to school but his mom does not meet his enthusiasm. She wants to make sure he has everything and even when he says he does, she still looks nervous. The child reassures his mother that everything will be fine and that he is really ready for school!
  Melody.Ryan | Mar 16, 2015 |
I really enjoyed this picture book. My favorite part of the book was the illustrations because they added so much to the story. For example, in the beginning of the story when the mother was worried and nervous about her son's first day of kindergarten, she was drawn blue and much smaller than the child. However, as the child begins to feel nervous and uneasy and the mom gains confidence, she is drawn much larger than the child. I love the way that the thoughtful illustrations enhance the meaning of the story and make it so much more interesting. The reversal of roles throughout the story is very interesting as well. The content of the story is also very relatable and is easy for children and parents to relate to.

The big idea of this story could be that parents and children can be nervous before a big change, but they get through it together! ( )
  CarrieHardesty | Feb 15, 2015 |
Join the young kindergartner as he gets ready and heads off to his first day of school, feel the excitement and joy and view the fears of a parent.
  auntiepants88 | Oct 27, 2014 |
In my opinion, this book was really enjoyable for many reasons. One of my favorite parts

of the book was the use of illustrations. The way the illustrator showed emotion affected how the

reader understood how the characters were feeling. When the mother was nervous for her son,

she was shown as small and blue. Towards the end of the book the son was shown as small and

blue in order to display that he wasn’t nervous throughout the book until he got to his classroom.

Another reason is how the story is very believable and real. Parents do get very anxious for their

kids, but when the child gets scared, that parent knows to step up and show that it’s going to be

okay. The overall message of this book was to display the relationship between parents and their

children and to learn to “let go.” ( )
  JamiNebenzahl | Sep 22, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374350043, Hardcover)

It's a child's first day of kindergarten, but who is worried about all the new people and the different things he'll meet--the child? No! The mother. In a refreshing reversal of roles, the child takes it upon himself to comfort and reassure his mother that everything will be fine, she'll get used to him going to big-kid school, and yes, he is ready for the first day of kindergarten. Utterly charming in its simplicity, Yum playfully uses size and color to reveal emotions of this milestone beginning.
Mom, It's My First Day of Kindergarten! is a Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2012

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:33:47 -0400)

A five-year-old boy, ready and eager on his first day at "the big kids' school," must calm his very worried mother.

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