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My first day / written and illustrated by Phùng Nguyên Quang & Huỳnh Kim Liên.

Phung, Nguyen Quang, (author,, illustrator.). Huynh, Kim Lien, (author,, illustrator.).

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Rowayton Library J QUA (Text to phone) 33625122942753 Juvenile New Red Dot Checked out 11/08/2021

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General Note:
"The jacket art and illustrations were originally published in slightly different form in the book Hành trình đʹu tiên, which was originally published in Vietnam by Kim Đồng Publishing House, Hanoi, in 2017. This English text was based on that book."--Colophon.
Summary, etc.:
"This is no ordinary first journey. The rainy season has come to the Mekong Delta, and An, a young Vietnamese boy, sets out alone in a wooden boat wearing a little backpack and armed only with a single oar. On the way, he is confronted by giant crested waves, heavy rainfall and eerie forests where fear takes hold of him. Although daunted by the dark unknown, An realizes that he is not alone and continues to paddle. He knows it will all be worth it when he reaches his destination"-- Provided by publisher
Language Note:
Text based on a Vietnamese translation from the original English.
Subject: Wooden boats > Juvenile fiction.
First day of school > Juvenile fiction.
Schools > Juvenile fiction.
Mekong River > Juvenile fiction.
Wooden boats > Fiction.
First day of school > Fiction.
Schools > Fiction.
Mekong River > Fiction.
Picture books.
JUVENILE FICTION / Health & Daily Living / Daily Activities.
JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education.
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Asia.
First day of school.
Wooden boats.
Mekong River.
Boats and boating > Fiction.
Fear > Fiction.
Picture books for children.
School stories.
Mekong River Delta (Vietnam and Cambodia) > Fiction.
Vietnam > Fiction.
Genre: Picture books for children.
Juvenile works.
Picture books.
Children's stories > Pictorial works.
Picture books.

Syndetic Solutions - Publishers Weekly Review for ISBN Number 0593306279
My First Day
My First Day
by Nguyen Quang, Phung; Kim Lien, Huynh
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My First Day

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A Vietnamese boy's journey starts when he steps from his house into a wooden boat. Equipped with a knapsack and a long pole, he sets out across the Mekong River Delta during flood season, when boats are the only possible transportation. "This is the first time I've made this trip on my own," he confides. Polished, animation-style spreads by Quang and Liên dazzle as the boy surmounts huge waves, bails his boat out with a large leaf, and poles his way through a dark, forbidding mangrove forest: "The jungle calls your name, asks you to be brave." The huge python readers see swimming underneath the boy's boat might be real, or not. Flocks of birds fly across sunrise clouds above him; fish school beneath the boat. At last he spies the shore. Quang and Liên celebrate the beauty and wealth of the Mekong River, whose floods lead to a gentle transformation of riverside life from a land-based to a water-based existence for a significant portion of the year. Back matter supplies more information about the delta and its characteristics. Ages 4--8. (Feb.)

Syndetic Solutions - School Library Journal Review for ISBN Number 0593306279
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My First Day
by Nguyen Quang, Phung; Kim Lien, Huynh
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K-Gr 3--A Vietnamese boy sets out on a journey in his little wooden boat on "the great river, Mother Mekong." This is his first time making this trip alone, and he leads us through open waves, mangrove trees, the darkness of the unknown, bright open skies, schools of fish, and water buffalo until he reaches his destination: school, on his very first day. Quang and Lien take readers through a visually breathtaking expedition filled with highs and lows. The phenomenal artwork enhances the poetic language of this young boy's trip and lets readers follow along, experiencing his fears, hopes, and joy. The story also provides an informative look at life along the Mekong River during "floating season," from the mangrove forests to the animals that he encounters on his trip. The digitized pen-and-ink illustrations are presented in wide, panoramic scenes, enhancing the majestic, almost cinematic quality of the images. Back matter includes further information from the author/illustrator duo, facts about the Mekong River, and a simple map. VERDICT Highly recommended for all collections.--Kristyn Dorfman, The Nightingale-Bamford Sch., New York City

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