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Mom, it's my first day of kindergarten!
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2012
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<p>It's a child's first day of kindergarten, but who is worried about all the new people and the different things he'll meet--the child? No! The mother. In a refreshing reversal of roles, the child takes it upon himself to comfort and reassure his mother that everything will be fine, she'll get used to him going to big-kid school, and yes, he is ready for the first day of kindergarten. Utterly charming in its simplicity, Yum playfully uses size and color to reveal emotions of this milestone beginning.</p> <p> Mom, It's My First Day of Kindergarten! is a Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2012</p>
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Anxieties can make anyone feel small and blue, and that's exactly how Yum (The Twins' Blanket) portrays a worried mother whose son is readying for his first day of kindergarten. "What if you don't have time to finish your sandwich at lunch?" she asks, barely tall enough to peer her blueberry-tinged face over the edge of the table at her full-size son, who clearly can't wait for the big day to start. "We don't know anyone here. I miss your old teachers and your friends," she says later, looking forlorn and tiny at the front steps of the school, which her son climbs with the canny look of a seasoned pro. Is Mom really as worried as she looks-or is the boy projecting his fears onto her in order to maintain his persona as a confident "big boy"? Although some readers may suspect the latter-especially when the boy has his own brief blue period at the kindergarten threshold-Yum isn't telling. And therein lies the joy of this inventively styled, deeply empathic book. Ages 4-7. Agent: Sean McCarthy, Sheldon Fogelman Agency. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

  School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-This book is a delightfully helpful twist on kids' apprehensions as they make their first foray into the classroom. It shows that their parents are nervous, too, via endearing artwork that conveys emotions through color and size. In the beginning, the young boy is drawn larger and much more robust than his mom, glowing with healthy color and moving with excitement and energy. His mother appears tiny and blue and timid, barely peeking out over the covers on her bed and curling up behind her son's backpack. When she is greeted by another parent, a rosy tint begins to show on her face, indicating she feels better about this new adventure. Then it's the son's turn to be small again, and the blue shadow of apprehension creeps across his face. His new teacher is kind, though, and he marches independently into the room, ruddy in complexion and strong-limbed. Poor Mom is blue as she waves good-bye and as she anxiously waits for her son at the end of the day. When they reunite, both are blooming with warm colors-until, that is, the little boy asks if he can ride the bus the next day. Humorously, the mom shrinks a tad and turns blue (and maybe a bit green). This sweet, endearing book provides an extraordinary opportunity for parents and children to share their mutual fears and reassure one another as the big day approaches. Fantastic.-Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Juvenile
Fiction
Topics
Anxiety
Emotions
Parents
School
Family
Author Notes
<p>Hyewon Yum was a very nervous mother when her own son started kindergarten. She's since realized that yes, he was ready for big-kid school. She is the creator of three previous picture books: Last Night , a Fiction Honorable Mention for the Bologna Ragazzi Award and winner of the Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Illustration; There Are No Scary Wolves , winner of the Society of Illustrators' Founder's Award; and The Twins' Blanket , a Junior Library Guild selection. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.</p>
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