The Day You Begin

The Day You Begin

Book - 2018
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Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.
Publisher: New York, NY : Nancy Paulsen Books, [2018]
ISBN: 9780399246531
0399246533
Branch Call Number: E FIC WOODSON
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: López, Rafael 1961-- Illustrator

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Walking into a classroom for the first time can be tough! This beautifully illustrated book celebrates the bravery that even the youngest among us can find on the first day of school. Jacqueline Woodson brings special focus on how our differences can bring us together.

A young boy and girl each feel like outsiders in their classrooms because of their differences, but when they share their stories with their classmates they create common ground.

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HCPLC_KidsPicks Dec 18, 2019

This book celebrates outsiders! Sometimes you might feel like you don't fit in, but when you share your story, you may discover that someone else has the same differences as you! The beautiful artwork is done by Pura Belpré Award winner, Rafael López.


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KristiBernard
Oct 17, 2020

Being new and different in a classroom or any place can be difficult. Not always will you look like everyone else or talk like everyone else but maybe there will be something you have in common.

One young girl is new and shy. The other children look at her with curiosity. She worries that she doesn’t look like them. Others in the class wonder the same. Is it their hair, skin color, lunch meals or the way words roll from their tongues? What happens when you don’t know what to say or you don’t know how to play? Perhaps, you just have to be brave and begin.

This delightful story shows kids having doubts about being different. Young readers will see that we are all different and its not a bad thing. Vibrant and gentle illustrations show the emotion of the characters. Poetic verse is calming and rhythmic. Parents, teachers, and caregivers can use this book as a tool to discuss how kids are different and how they are similar.

ArapahoeJulieH Sep 15, 2020

A beautiful book around the fear of being different, the power of finding your voice, telling your story and the friendships that emerge. Focuses on, Angelina, a young brown skinned girl with big curly hair. Angelina is hesitant to report on what she did over the summer...stay home in the hot city taking care of her little sister and reading books. While, on the other hand, her classmates tell of taking trips to other parts of the country or far off foreign cities. It describes several scenarios of kids who feel different and/or don’t see themselves as measuring up to other students in the class. It might be having a name which is unusual or difficult to pronounce, not being athletic enough, or an Asian girl who has a “strange” lunch. In the end, Angelina finds the courage to tell her story; makes quite an impression on her classmates and finds friendship. Woodson’s use of language is as lyrical as a song. Situations in the story are very relatable to kids and the illustrations are filled with color and movement. Loved the visual metaphor of using a ruler in several of the illustrations! I enjoyed both reading this book as well as listening to the narration on the e-book format. (Ages 4-8)

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sarahamccormack
Jul 24, 2020

Different kids feel like outcasts or excluded but realize they have other kids with aspects in common, ex a kid from Venezuela realized actually has something in common with another girl who feels outcast

Read this one for the 2020 Reading Women Challenge (read a picture book written/illustrated by a BIPOC author)

LPL_MattL Aug 20, 2019

The Day You Begin is a back-to-school story that highlights the initial discomfort of being the new kid in unfamiliar classroom. Rafael Lopez's vibrant and imaginative art pairs wonderfully author Jacqueline Woodson's lyrical prose to create a book with a heartfelt message that celebrates differences and the importance letting others into your world.

JCLBeckyC Apr 13, 2019

This is a great picture book for younger elementary-aged kids who are experiencing a tough transition, such as being the new kid in town. Lovely illustrations. Necessary message. We are more alike than we realize until we open ourselves up to others.

OLATHEAllisonA Mar 28, 2019

There is something for everyone in this book, because every child is bound to feel "different" at some point in their lives. Woodson's prose is gentle yet wrought with emotion as she examines various external and internal reasons that a child may feel alone and outside of the group. She tells the reader that commonalities can be found among people who seem to have nothing in common, while the beautiful art by Lopez emphasizes the beauty of differences unified by the common experience of humanity. A lovely read!

VaughanPLDianeB Mar 19, 2019

A lovely book about acceptance (self and peer) in the context of school, though it could be generalized to anywhere you are the 'new' person. Beautifully illustrated and explained by author Jacqueline Woodson, this title is a good read aloud for the 1st week or month of school. It would also be a good complement to the book 'I Am Enough' by Grace Byers.

TSCPL_ScarlettFH Jan 18, 2019

Beautiful, sad, hopeful: 3 words that come to mind with this picture book. Children will relate to the first person narrative, the classroom setting, and expressive illustrations. Adults will relate to their own experiences either as an outsider kid or remembering the kid that was in their elementary school days. As an adult reader, I had a moment of tears reading this beautiful book. It presents a powerful message about the importance of valuing each person's perspective on life and being kind, especially to people who need an extra boost of kindness.

IndyPL_KatieB Jan 16, 2019

A beautifully illustrated book that combines the talents of award winner Jacqueline Woodson and illustrator Rafeal Lopez. This book speaks about how you might feel like you are the only one in a room who looks a certain way or eats a certain thing. Eventually, by telling your story and sharing your life, you might find someone who is secretly like you. A great read for both individuals and groups.

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JCLBeckyC Apr 13, 2019

"There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you until the day you begin to share your stories."

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leslie_d_
Nov 30, 2018

All that stands beside you is
your own brave self—
steady as steel and ready
even though you don’t yet know
what you’re ready for.

ArapahoeErinR Sep 26, 2018

And all at once, in the room where no one else is quite like you, the world opens itself up a little wider to make some space for you.

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