Mr. Ouchy is nervous about his first day of school . . . even though he’s the teacher! Will his students like him? Will he be able to find the bathroom? What if he can’t remember his students’ names? Fortunately, his classroom keeps him busy; his students have plenty of their own questions, and the first day of school turns into a great day discussing things like Mr. Ouchy’s funny name, how long a minute really lasts, and what everyone wants to learn in the upcoming year—things like whistling, playing drums and drawing dinosaurs.
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B.G. Hennessy grew up in Wantagh on Long Island, NY. At the University of Wisconsin in Madison, she majored in fine art and learned how to design, print and bind handmade books. She also took courses in Children’s Literature. The combination of form and content in the picture book format fascinated her and after graduation she headed for NYC where she worked for 17 years in children’s book publishing as a designer and art director. She is the author of Road Builders and The First Night, as well as many books starring Corduroy, the loveable toy bear created by Don Freeman. She now lives with her family in Arizona.From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 1–Mr. Ouchy is looking forward to his first day as a teacher, and while he is excited, he is also worried. Will he remember his students' names, will he be able to find his classroom, or even the bathroom? When the big day arrives, he is so busy answering his class's myriad questions that his nervousness evaporates and he and the students have a great day. This story is for a slightly younger audience than Julie Danneberg's First Day Jitters (Charlesbridge, 2000); it has a simpler vocabulary and sentence structure. Meisel's watercolor, gouache, and pen-and-ink illustrations have a cozy feel and not only amplify humorous situations, but also sometimes create them when the text does not. For example, the picture accompanying a little girl's request to learn how to train her cat shows an orange tabby perched coyly on the edge of a toilet seat while reading the newspaper. This picture book is a good choice to share when trying to keep the stress that can accompany that first day for both kids and teachers to minimum levels.–Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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