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The Night Before First Grade (Reading Railroad) (original 2005; edition 2005)

by Natasha Wing, Deborah Zemke (Illustrator)

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Title:The Night Before First Grade (Reading Railroad)
Authors:Natasha Wing
Other authors:Deborah Zemke (Illustrator)
Info:Grosset & Dunlap (2005), Mass Market Paperback, 32 pages
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The Night Before First Grade by Natasha Wing (2005)



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In my opinion, “The Night Before First Grade” is a wonderful book for a child who is about to enter first grade. The book completely grabs the attention of the reader because it mimics the famous story, “The Night Before Christmas,” and it is also a poetry book. For example, the story opens by stating, “Twas the night before first grade. I kissed my dog Clover. School is starting tomorrow because summer is over.” In this story, the main character expressed the same sort of excitement about school that a child typically expresses about Christmas morning. The plot is organized and predictable because it mimics the Christmas tale. The child in the story speaks in the same way as the narrator in “The Night Before Christmas.” This story also mirrors the poetic rhythm as the beloved Christmas story. The charming illustrations display cheerful colors and students of different cultures. The big idea is that the first day of school is something that all children should be excited about and not something to be scared about. ( )
  sstelz2 | Sep 22, 2014 |
Summary: This story is about a girl that is about to have her first day of first grade. When she goes to school, she is disappointed to find that her best friend is in the other class. She quickly meets a new friend. Her new friend has a twin that is in the other class and is friends with her best friend. They all four eat lunch together and become good friends.

Personal Reaction: I liked this book. I thought that this would be a good book for children to read before they have to go back to school from summer vacation. I also enjoyed all of the imagery and pictures in the book.

Classroom Extensions: 1) This would be a good book to show children that sometimes things turn out for the best even when things don't go how they want them to. 2) It would be a good book to read on the first day of first grade. It would be a good ice breaker for the kids. ( )
  SmithAlec | Jun 28, 2014 |
Penny is excited to start her first day of first grade with her best friend but it turns out that they are in separate classrooms. Penny then gets worried that she will lose her best friend.

Recommended Age: Primary ( )
  indiabessette | Mar 11, 2014 |
In my opinion, The Night Before First Grade is a great book. One of the reasons I liked this book is because of the language. The author uses a rhyming scheme throughout the story, which adds an element of fun and predictability to the story. For example, the author writes, “We both have pet turtles and love turquoise blue. And pistachio ice cream is her favorite too,” which rhymes blue and two. Every page in the book follows the rhyming scheme. I also liked that the authors writing is organized after The Night Before Christmas. The author writes about visions of jungle gyms dancing in the main character’s head and seeing events occur in her wondering eyes. I also liked the character because she was very believable. She was very excited to enter the first grade, but grew weary when separated from her best friend, which is something that happens to everyone when they enter school. The big idea of this book is that although trying new things alone can be intimidating, but great things can come from it, such as a new friendship. ( )
  bstove1 | Sep 17, 2013 |
This reads well with the younger crowd. It does a start to the school year well though the night before isn't really the focus here. The title is a reference to the famous Clement Moore book rhyme scheme that carried this through. It was good for what it did. ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0448437473, Paperback)

It’'s the night before the Big Day—-first grade! Penny is excited to start the year with her best friend right beside her in the same classroom. This humorous take on Clement C. Moore’s classic tale has a perfect twist ending that will surprise readers —as well as the "heroine" of the story— and help all about-to-be first-graders through their own back-to-school jitters.

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Penny's excitement over the start of first grade turns to sadness when she and her best friend are placed different classrooms, but they make the best of it--and some new friends--in this poem based on "The Night Before Christmas."

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