Robin Hill School: The First Day of School (Ready to Read: Level One)

by Margaret McNamara (Author) Mike Gordon (Illustrator)

Robin Hill School: The First Day of School (Ready to Read: Level One)
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
It's almost the first day of first grade, and Michael can't wait. That is, until he discovers that his puppy, Cookie, can't join him. But when he learns that bringing Cookie means she wouldn't be just his anymore, he decides it's better if she stays home.

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K-Gr 2 -Michael and his dog do everything together, from playing catch to taking baths. Naturally, Michael just assumes Cookie will accompany him throughout his first day at Robin Hill School, but his mother tells him otherwise. Michael is crushed until his sympathetic teacher comments, -If Cookie came to school -& she would belong to everyone. - Michael, unsure that he wants to share his pup, sends the animal home with his mother. And that is where she is when he gets home, waiting to greet her special owner. This beginning reader has short sentences, picture clues, and ample white space. But more than that, it tells a real story to which children will relate. The cartoon illustrations show the boy's sadness and joy quite well, and young children will take delight in reading this easy story on their own." -Anne Knickerbocker, formerly at Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX" Copyright 2005 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Margaret McNamara
Margaret McNamara is the author of three other titles about Mr. Tiffin's class: A Poem in Your Pocket, called a nimble introduction to poetry by the New York Times;The Apple Orchard Riddle, said to spark fruitful curriculum discussion by School Library Journal; and How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?, called illuminating by Family Fun magazine. She is also the author of The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot and George Washington's Birthday. Ms. McNamara lives in New York City. Visit her on the Web at

G. Brian Karas is the prolific, versatile, and award-winning illustrator of many books for children, including A Poem in Your Pocket, How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?, and The Apple Orchard Riddle. He also illustrated A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle Edwards; Neville by Norton Juster; Clever Jack Takes the Cake by Candace Fleming, which received four starred reviews; Are You Going to Be Good? by Cari Best, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; and Home on the Bayou, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book. Visit him at
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Publication date
July 20, 2005
Ready to Read: Level One
BISAC categories
JUV039050 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Emotions & Feelings
JUV039090 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | New Experience
JUV035000 - Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
JUV043000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Beginner
Library of Congress categories
First day of school

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