Tuesday, September 17, 2013

FIRST GRADE STINKS! written by Mary Ann Rodman, illustrated by Beth Spiegel ~ A Peachtree Back To School Giveaway

About Book:

No share time! Only one recess! Writing is hard! The stories don't end right! FIRST GRADE STINKS!
It is the first day of school and Hayley is excited. Things are different now. She isn't a kindergartener anymore; she is a big kid. She is a first grader.
Hayley quickly finds out that first grade is different from kindergarten, but in all the wrong ways! The classroom isn't as bright and colorful. Ms. Gray doesn't seem to smile as much as her kindergarten teacher Ms. Lacey did. The work is hard and there isn't enough time to play outside. Worst of all, her best friend Ryan says he likes first grade! Finally, Hayley has had enough. "First grade stinks!" she shouts. The classroom is suddenly very quiet. "You're in trouble now," Ryan whispers. But to Hayley's surprise Ms. Gray doesn't look mad at all.
Young readers will immediately empathize with Hayley and her increasing apprehension, as she tries to negotiate new expectations and challenges on the first day of a new school year.
  • ISBN-13: 9781561453771
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

About Author and Illustrator:
Mary Ann Rodman, a former school media specialist, is the author of A Tree for Emmy and First Grade Stinks!. She has received both the Ezra Jack Keats Award for Outstanding New Picture Book Writer and the Charlotte Zolotow Award. She lives in Georgia.

You can visit Mary Ann Rodman’s website here.
Beth Spiegel has edited award-winning documentary programs for television and directed animated films that have received several international awards. She lives in California.
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My Thoughts:

Haley and her friend Ryan were so excited as they stepped off the school bus.  Haley thought Kindergarten was so much fun and knew First Grade was going to be even better because she is a big kid now.  But when her new teacher welcomed her into the classroom there was nothing on the walls and there was a lot of desk in the room one for each student.  The teacher said they needed to get to work.  Haley did not know you had to work in the First Grade.  It was not fun writing the letters A and B. Then the teacher starting reading them a story but stopped without finishing the story. They didn't even get to take an early recess. This resulted in Haley standing up and screaming, "First grade stinks!" this got the teacher's attention real quick.

What do you think the teacher will say to Haley?  The story is far from over, so be sure to grab a copy of this book and find out what happens next. 

The author has written a very realistic story that most children will relate to as they start a new grade level.  The story has humor with an element of surprise.  Kids will like the illustrations which depicts the story so well that little ones will be able to interpret the story  just by turning the pages. But it is even better when the book is read before each page is turned.

I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book 5 out of 5.
Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Peachtree Publishers for review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

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