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The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

The Day You Begin (edition 2018)

by Jacqueline Woodson (Author)

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Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.
Title:The Day You Begin
Authors:Jacqueline Woodson (Author)
Info:Nancy Paulsen Books (2018), Edition: Illustrated, 32 pages
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My first thoughts are what lovely pictures. I could just sit here flipping back and forth examining them over and over.
But this story about Sarabella and her tendency to daydream is just as lovely. The story explores the difficulty of turning off the daydream button and turning on the school button. And for Sarabella, maybe finding a little bit of balance between the two. ( )
  juliais_bookluvr | Mar 9, 2023 |
This story was so cute. It is so important for kids to know that we all face new challenges, and this was shared well through this book and the main character. ( )
  Ryleegd | Nov 30, 2022 |
Note: I received an F&G at an ALA conference. ( )
  fernandie | Sep 15, 2022 |
This book gives insight on differences that may be shared between people. I think this resonated with me because there is always a time in your life when you feel like you may not fit in, but it is important to embrace that and remember that it’s a good thing to be different. ( )
  Paigemiller | Sep 1, 2022 |
This story was a beautifully illustrated single poem picture book. I loved the prose and the message. As a little girl searches to find her place in school we listen to the ways she and her classmates feel different or left out, until someone makes room for them. ( )
  Maighain | Jul 26, 2022 |
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In The Day You Begin, Rafael López’s illustrations marry with Jacqueline Woodson’s text to create the perfect visual experience of growing from an outsider to finding the courage to connect with others “a little like you [but] so fabulously not quite like you at all.”
Woodson’s gentle, lilting story and López’s artistry create a stirring portrait of the courage it takes to be oneself: “There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you until the day you begin/ to share your stories.”
A bright jewel-toned palette and clever details, including a literal reflection of a better future, reveal hope and pride in spite of the taunting. This reassuring, lyrical book feels like a big hug from a wise aunt as she imparts the wisdom of the world in order to calm trepidatious young children: One of these things is not like the other, and that is actually what makes all the difference.
Award winning team Jacqueline Woodson and Rafael Lopez have created this new picture book and it is even more perfect than we anticipated.
The soft, evocative illustrations introduce us to characters who live these situations alone, before realizing that they can connect across, and because of, the identities and experiences that make them unique.

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Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.

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National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpre Illustrator Award winner Rafael Lopez have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone.
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