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

by Margaret McNamara (Author) Mike Gordon (Illustrator)

The First Day of School (Ready to Read: Level One: Robin Hill School)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

It's the Robin Hill first-graders' first day of school in this Level 1 Ready-to-Read story, now in hardcover for the first time!

Charles is excited about his first day of first grade at Robin Hill School. He wants his puppy, Cookie, to come to school too. Then Charles finds out he has to leave Cookie at home. Will school still be fun without his best friend?

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School Library Journal

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 the Robin Hill School series, and she gets many ideas from her daughter's own school experiences. She lives in New York City.

Mike Gordon illustrates the Robin Hill School series and has an extensive and varied background in illustration and design. He lives with his family in Santa Barbara, California.
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Guided Reading Level
Simon Spotlight
Publication date
June 20, 2021
Ready to Read: Level One
BISAC categories
JUV039090 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | New Experience
JUV035000 - Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
JUV043000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Beginner
Library of Congress categories
Readers (Publications)
First day of school
Sharing in children

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