There’s a lot to do on the first day of school: meet new friends, practice writing, eat lunch, and run around. But it’s not only children who do these things—parents do, too. This charming story follows the day of a young boy and his working mother. Even though they’re in different places, the soft, lively illustrations show that they’re never far from each other’s thoughts. And when it’s time to go home, they’ll both be ready for a hug and eager to ask, “What did you do today?”
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KERRY ARQUETTE is a talented new author; What Did You Do Today? is her first children’s book. She lives in Aruada, Colorado.
NANCY HAYASHI is the illustrator of My Two Grandmothers by Effin Older and Bunny Bungalow by Cynthia Rylant. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
PreSchool-Grade 1–Told from a child's point of view, this story is sure to quell those first-day-of-school jitters. Though mother and son are apart for the day, they are never far from one another's thoughts. Spreads feature the child's activities on the left page and his mother's comparable work routine on the right. From enjoying a morning snack to listening to stories, eating lunch, and getting ready to go home at day's end, their movements are similar. Every now and then a thought bubble of the loved one's smiling face appears. Each page contains at least one central watercolor framed on a pastel-colored background and surrounded by items featured in the picture. For example, "I sat down and tried hard to do my very best writing" reveals the child (pencil in mouth) concentrating at perfecting his letters while his mother (pencil in mouth) is shown "writing" on a computer. Each of these illustrations is surrounded by the alphabet; the boy's letters are printed and the mother's are typed in a computer font. The charming artwork shows the happy camaraderie in both the multicultural classroom and workplace. This day-in-the-life tale is a delightful introduction to the school experience and dispels the mystery of what a working parent does all day.–Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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Book Description Clarion Books, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11061849586X
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