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First Grade Dropout by Audrey Vernick

First Grade Dropout

by Audrey Vernick

Other authors: Matthew Cordell (Introduction)

Series: First Grade Dropout (1)

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This book is about a boy who is experiencing some troubles at school and wants to drop out because he accidentally called his teacher mommy and the whole class laughed at him so he is mortified and does not want to face his peers again. Through out the story he learns that others have all been down that path of feeling embarrassed. The story is very relatable not just to young readers but to everyone who has felt embarrassed before. The book is a great reminder to laugh at yourself and that all will be okay. ( )
  Jannette_M | Sep 22, 2017 |
When the young narrator of this engaging picture-book exploration of childhood embarrassment says something extremely awkward in class - he accidentally calls his teacher 'Mommy' in front of all of his classmates! - he decides that he can never return to school. Imagining all of the things he can do as a first-grade dropout, the boy dwells almost obsessively on the circumstances surrounding his embarrassment, particularly the fact that his best friend joined the laughter at his expense. It is only when he sees his friend again at soccer, and is himself witness to his friend's embarrassing mistake, that he begins to get a more balanced perspective...

A sensitive appraisal of the sometimes extreme feelings of embarrassment that young people experience, First Grade Dropout follows a believable trajectory, as the would-be dropout works his way through his emotional reaction, and eventually comes, through further social interaction, to the conclusion that all is not lost. I appreciated Audrey Vernick's tale, and I think a lot of first graders will as well. The artwork by Matthew Cordell, done in pen and ink and watercolor, is entertaining and amusing, ably capturing the protagonist's anguished musings in humorous cartoon-like style. Recommended to all first graders who feel that they'll never recover from the grade-school faux pas they've committed. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Mar 28, 2017 |
Helps children address their own feelings in certain situations, with actions and decisions they have made.
  Mickhaela08 | Nov 30, 2016 |
First Grade Dropout is a great book to read to students about why school is important. When the main character decides to "dropout" after an embarrassing moment, he later realizes that he can no longer go back to school. Students will be able to relate to this book because we have all experienced an embarrassing moment at some point. This would be perfect for a first grade classroom and also for any other beginning readers. ( )
  kaitlyn_king | Nov 8, 2016 |
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The first grade narrator of this book has been lots of things: Hungry. Four years old. Crazy bored. Soaking wet. Pretty regular kid . . . until he makes a mistake so big that he’s sure he will never be able to go back to Lakeview Elementary School. All readers, even those not in first grade, will find the narrator’s feelings familiar, and discover that even though embarrassing things happen, they’re usually not as bad as they seem. And sometimes they’re even funny!

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After an embarrassing incident, a young boy decides to quit school.

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