Sea Monster's First Day

Sea Monster's First Day

Picture Book - 2011
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A young sea monster experiences his first day of school and, after a rocky start, he makes friends and has fun
Publisher: San Francisco, Calif. : Chronicle Books, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780811875646
Branch Call Number: Juv Picture Book MESSNER K
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Rash, Andy


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SPL_Childrens Aug 15, 2013

On his first day of school, Ernest the Sea Monster tried so hard to fit in. He followed all of the Sea School rules. He kept his flippers to himself; did not eat the minnows, blow bubbles or pinch, and he tried his very best to play fairly. However, each time Ernest tried to join in games with the other sea students, something went wrong.

When he asked for a turn on the sea swings or on the jungle gym, the other students swam away. When he tried to introduce himself to another student, he or she swam away.

The problem was that Ernest, being a sea monster, was so much larger than everyone else. Perhaps the other students were just a little afraid of him.

As the day went on, however, the other students became accustomed to his big size. As the class learned songs and stories and then took a short field trip, they all had fun together. By the end of the day, Ernest had made many new friends, and he was excited about returning to school the next day.

Ernest’s story will help young children cope with being a new student, reassuring them that even big sea monsters might feel nervous about their first day of school. The engaging comic-style illustrations reinforce the positive tone of this story with its message about trying new things and making new friends.

The Stratford Public Library has many other stories for young children who are about to start school.


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