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My First Day



written and illustrated by
Phung Nguyen Quang and Huynh Thi Kim Lien ,Huynh Thi Kim Lien

Edition
Library edition with trade jacket added
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Make Me a World
ISBN
9780593306277
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This is no ordinary first journey. The raining season has come to the Mekong Delta, and An, a young Vietnamese boy, sets out alone in a wooden boat wearing a little backpack and armed only with a single oar. On the way, he is confronted by giant crested waves, heavy rainfall and an eerie forests where fear takes hold of him. Although daunted by the dark unknown, An realizes that he is not alone and continues to paddle. He knows it will all be worth it when he reaches his destination.Map. Author-illustrators’ note. Facts about the Mekong River. Full-color illustrations were created using Adobe Photoshop.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

10" x 10"

Dewey

E

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

AD680L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2021

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Mekong River. Boats. Journeys. New experiences. Nature and the natural world. Schools. 

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Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

“Where the great river, mother Mekong, tumbles into the endless sea” is the setting for this openhearted and entertaining story of firsts. “Today is the first day,” says our narrator, as he steps aboard his little boat and begins navigating the Mekong River alone for the first time. His journey takes him through high floodwaters, over crashing waves, into a dark and rainy mangrove forest; past toothy crocodilians, schools of fish, water buffalo, and more. Finally, the child reaches shore—and moves on to his next first, the first day of school. The rhapsodic but sometimes playful text incorporates foreshadowing of the destination (“I hear the chatter of a classroom full of animals as I move by”); careful viewers, too, will notice books and pencils in the boat. Dramatic digital illustrations add thrills. The waves are exaggeratedly huge (think Hokusai’s The Great Wave), while the deep, lush greenery; the “crayon box” colors of the sky; the underwater biome’s fluid motion all convey an appreciation of nature and a child’s experiences and imaginings. Maps of Vietnam and the Mekong Delta are appended, with notes telling more about the Mekong River and residents’ relationship with it: “It’s a roadway, a supermarket, a meeting place, and even the path to school…in our part of the world.” ELISSA GERSHOWITZ

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

“Where the great river, mother Mekong, tumbles into the endless sea” is the setting for this openhearted and entertaining story of firsts. “Today is the first day,” says our narrator, as he steps aboard his little boat and begins navigating the Mekong River alone for the first time. His journey takes him through high floodwaters, over crashing waves, into a dark and rainy mangrove forest; past toothy crocodilians, schools of fish, water buffalo, and more. Finally, the child reaches shore—and moves on to his next first, the first day of school. The rhapsodic but sometimes playful text incorporates foreshadowing of the destination (“I hear the chatter of a classroom full of animals as I move by”); careful viewers, too, will notice books and pencils in the boat. Dramatic digital illustrations add thrills. The waves are exaggeratedly huge (think Hokusai’s The Great Wave), while the deep, lush greenery; the “crayon box” colors of the sky; the underwater biome’s fluid motion all convey an appreciation of nature and a child’s experiences and imaginings. Maps of Vietnam and the Mekong Delta are appended, with notes telling more about the Mekong River and residents’ relationship with it: “It’s a roadway, a supermarket, a meeting place, and even the path to school…in our part of the world.” ELISSA GERSHOWITZ

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