My First Day

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With extraordinary courage for a child of his age, An journeys across the Mekong River in a tiny, open boat. It’s the first time he’s made this trip on his own, traveling through tumultuous tides and into unfamiliar territory. He navigates through the mangrove forest with creatures watching his every move. Although his fear escalates, he continues on, determined to reach his destination. As he nears his objective, the skies brighten, and the water buffalo welcome him. His friends and the schoolyard appear in the distance, and at last, he has made it to his first day of school.

This is a unique story about a universal theme to which youngsters can relate. The first day of school is a day of trepidation and excitement for youth all over the world, just as it is for An, this young Vietnamese boy. Although children often begin school at the age of five or six, older ones will enjoy this book too. They’ll love the illustrations that lace the pages with gorgeous, breathtaking images that bring the text alive with their realistic, vibrant quality. They invite readers to catapult through the waves with An, accompanying him through the end of his expedition, even inspiring them to return for more.

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Author Phung Nguyen Quang
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Hardcover Picture Book
Page Count 40 pages
Publisher Penguin Random House
Publish Date 16-Feb-2021
ISBN 9780593306260 Buy this Book
Issue May 2021
Category Children's