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First day at Zoo School

by Dillard, Sarah, 1961-

Format: Print Book 2014
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
Location Collection Call #
Community Library of Castle Shannon Picture Book PICTURE BOOK Dillard
Location  Community Library of Castle Shannon
Collection  Picture Book
Call Number  PICTURE BOOK Dillard
Robinson Library Juvenile Picture Books PICT FIC DILLARD
Location  Robinson Library
Collection  Juvenile Picture Books
Whitehall Public Library Picture Books PIC Dillard
Location  Whitehall Public Library
Collection  Picture Books
Call Number  PIC Dillard
It's the first day of Zoo School and outgoing Amanda the Panda is ready. She's excited and can't wait to go! But for anxious Alfred the Alligator, the first day fills him with dread. Why does he have to go? Isn't he smart enough already? When Amanda gets to school and sees that everyone seems to have a best friend, she decides that Alfred would be the perfect best friend for her. But what does it mean to be a best friend? Does it mean enjoying the same things or feeling the same way? Amanda doesn't notice that Alfred doesn't like sitting at the front of the classroom. And she doesn't notice that Alfred is miserable when she picks him to play Tag. In fact, Amanda doesn't notice much about Alfred at all. She's too busy enjoying everything all around her. And it's up to Alfred to point out to her how he is feeling. A thoughtful story that explores what it means to be a best friend.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This story captures all the jitters that typically come with a new school year and a new set of social interactions. Amanda the Panda, confident and self-assured, and Alfred the Alligator, nervous and awkward, arrive in Mrs. Waddle's classroom on their first day of Zoo School. When Amanda realizes that everyone in their class has already paired off into best-friend duos, she decides that she and Alfred are perfectly matched for companionship, thwarting all of his attempts to remain invisible. She insists that they sit up front in class, targets him for tag at recess, and loudly calls him a catchy new nickname. Her effervescent is immutable, and slightly sullen Alfred lashes out in the face of all of her unwanted devotion. Told in a comic-book-style series of speech bubbles and storyboard panes, Dillard's narrative imparts the important moral of not taking oneself so seriously and proves that opposites sometimes really do attract.--Anderson, Erin Copyright 2014 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Dillard makes excellent use of comic-book elements like sequential panels and speech balloons in this witty, well-observed story. Amanda, an exuberant panda, is delighted to be at school, but Alfred, the introverted alligator, who she decides is her new best friend, is less eager. "Why do I have to go to school?" he wonders. "I know so much already." Amanda's ebullience only grates on Alfred's nerves, resulting in a blowup that gets resolved the next day. Dillard keeps the story's messaging subtle, and her crisp images and candid storytelling capture the give-and-take inherent in many early friendships. Ages 5-7. Agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Individuality -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Pandas -- Fiction.
Alligators -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Individuality -- Juvenile fiction.
Friendship -- Juvenile fiction.
Pandas -- Juvenile fiction.
Alligators -- Juvenile fiction.
Schools -- Juvenile fiction.
Publisher Ann Arbor, MI :2014
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781585368907
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