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My First Day

4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  408 Ratings  ·  120 Reviews
The first day of life is different for every animal. Human newborns don’t do much at all, but some animals hit the ground running. The Caldecott Honor–winning team Steve Jenkins and Robin Page apply their considerable talents to revealing howtwenty twodifferent species, from the emperor penguin to the Siberian tiger, adapt to that traumatic first few hours of life, with or ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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2014 Mock Caldecott
37th out of 79 books — 223 voters
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Dolly
Oct 21, 2013 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is an entertaining book that examines the first hours/days of various animals' lives. Each page offers a different animal and shows how the abilities, levels of maternal care, and environment in which the animal is born varies greatly throughout nature.

The narrative is short and is appropriate for children of all ages. And the multi-media illustrations are just as wonderful as we've come to expect from books by Steve Jenkins. And we all learned about a few animals we'd never heard of befor
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Kathryn
Love this idea! It's really fun and interesting to see how various animal babies spend their first day. From the baby giraffe who drops five feet to the ground at birth, to the Darwin frog who emerges from its father's mouth, to the wildebeest ready to run after its parents in the ever-moving herd, they arrive in many ways and some are more ready for life outside the womb (or egg) than others. Humans might identify more with the Siberian tiger or polar bear cubs, snuggled up with mama. I knew ab ...more
Heidi
Feb 06, 2013 Heidi rated it really liked it
This may be my favorite of Jenkins' works, so far. I liked the subject, especially as my new niece was just born a few days ago. The illustrations were adorable. Information simple and easy to follow for a younger audience. More information in the back for those who wish for more. A great lap-read with a little one. Good read-alone for those interested in animals.
Barbara
Every time I think that Steve Jenkins has run out of ideas for his informative nonfiction books, he surprises me. But this title provides excellent evidence that he continues to draw inspiration from the ever-fascinating world around him. Using his trademark torn- and cut-paper collage illustrations, he depicts various newborn animals, including a kiwi, a blue wildebeast, and Darwin's frog, among others. After discussing what human babies can do on the day they are born, the text, written by Jen ...more
Jessica
Mar 21, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it
Anytime I see a new Steve Jenkins picture book, I immediately place a hold on it at the library. Why? Well, his books are educational, interesting, and include great art. My First Day doesn't have the "wow factor" that The Beetle Book and Actual Size did. There are no big fold out pages, no "whoa, the bug is THAT BIG?!" comments. The art is great, with Jenkins' signature realistic collage style, but nothing really inspires awe. Still, there are a lot of cool facts that I learned about animals' f ...more
babyhippoface
On our first day on Earth, humans can't do much more than cry, drink, and sleep. But some other living things can do some pretty awesome things on their first day, like swim, run, and fly! This picture book features several baby animals, some alongside their parents, "telling" what they are able to do on their first day.

I was expecting nothing less than amazing from Steve Jenkins' paper collages, and he delivers, as always. Beyond that what I really appreciated was the introduction to some anim
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Alice
Sep 11, 2015 Alice rated it really liked it
4.25 stars It is official.... Steven Jenkins and his wife Robin Page are the Royalty of non-fiction narrative. I love the pictures-love! What I also like is that it teaches ME about new animals. The Sifaka and megapodes and muntijac . Just fun to read and a feast for the eyes! I love the cut out technique!
Jenny
Jul 04, 2014 Jenny rated it really liked it
We love Steve Jenkins and Robin Page at our house. Every time I see their names on a book, I know it will be a hit...and this was no different. I love that they used a combination of very familiar animals (zebra, giraffe, polar bear) and lesser known animals (parent bug, megapodes, muntjac, and Darwin's frog). The focus of describing their first day of life leads to great detail. Paired with additional nonfiction texts, students could write compare/contrast essays about how babies spend their fi ...more
Samantha
Feb 07, 2013 Samantha rated it it was amazing
What a cool concept for a book! The author introduces a variety of animals and discusses what babies of each species introduced does on the day of its birth. Torn and cut paper collage artwork brings each animal to life in an almost photo-realistic way. Text winds around illustrations, is simple yet informative, and makes for a good read aloud. At the end of the book, more information is given on each animal accompanied by a small picture to refresh readers' memories.

A GREAT read from an ever-i
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Lindsey
My first day starts off with the first day a new born baby was born. Then, it goes on to tell the first day of various new born animals the day they were born. Some animals include turtles, penguins, giraffes, bunnies, and many more. Each new born animal and human are born differently and have different duties the instant they were born. For example, a human baby is very dependent of their mother and father when they are born; they are incapable of doing most tasks when they are born. For some a ...more
Memory Kopp
Mar 12, 2014 Memory Kopp rated it it was amazing
This is yet another great book by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page depicting some fun and interesting animals and what they do on their first day of life. The fun free form of words on each page detailing the first day of life for these cute animals make it fun for young readers to learn. An example of this is learning that a baby giraffe falls five feet to the ground when it comes out on its first day but doesn’t get hurt. Some of the animals should be familiar to young readers like the tiger, gira ...more
Ashli Stroyan
My First Day is a book about many different types of animals and what their first day on earth is like. This is a very informative book and is set on educating its readers about how different animals are cared for when they are born and what type of environment they are born in. Since this is not an actual story with a plot, and characters, it is not necessarily required for the illustrations to tell a story. The illustrations were very vibrant and did a great job of showing the animals and what ...more
Nikole Rettman
This is a nonfiction book. The main day of life is distinctive for each creature. Human infants don't do much by any means, yet a few creatures get straight down to business. The Caldecott Honor–winning group Steve Jenkins and Robin Page apply their extensive abilities to uncovering how twenty two distinct species, from the head penguin to the Siberian tiger, adjust to that traumatic initial couple of hours of life, with or without parental help. Jenkins' clearly brilliant cut-paper outlines are ...more
Natalie
Sep 25, 2014 Natalie rated it it was amazing
Highly interesting facts pair with paper collage to highlight the first few hours of the lives of a variety of (extra cute) newborn animals. Everyone is familiar with giraffes but did you know that at birth they fall out of their mother from about 5 feet in the air? There are also less common varieties such as the muntjac, a rare deer from Southeast China that only grows to 18 inches tall.
Linda
May 28, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing
Wonderful comparison of baby animals and the things they can (or cannot) do when they are first born. I learned something - a rare deer from China that is omnivorous and eats small mammals? Wow. And a bug actually called the Parent Bug. At the back of the book, little vignettes of each animal satisfy the reader's curiosity. Very well done.
Kathryn Brunk
Mar 24, 2014 Kathryn Brunk rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science, non-fiction
I really enjoyed reading this book and think that children will love this book as well. It describes many different animals first day being alive and what they go through. I think this book will help children understand the different birthing processes (like hatching from an egg) that there are and can lead into a discussion about their first day (not too graphic). I could use this book with a science lesson about life cycles and how they begin. It would be fun to have each child bring in a pict ...more
Kristen
This is the kind of nonfiction you can easily work into your read-aloud rotation. Always love the cut-and-torn paper collages.
Suzanna
Apr 06, 2014 Suzanna rated it liked it
This book is very informational. It describes how newborn animals act right when they were born. The pictures are not particularly exciting, although they do represent what the words are describing. The pictures show the animals that are being described, but do not capture ones attention. I think this book would be good for kids who are interested in animals and learning about the similarities all new babies have in common. However, I would not use this book to get a child interested in reading ...more
Molly
May 15, 2013 Molly rated it really liked it
I like that the animals portrayed are unusual/unfamiliar to most US readers.
Gina
Apr 08, 2014 Gina marked it as to-read
My First Day tells about twenty-two different species and how birth is different for all animals. When humans are born they don't do much at all, but for some animals they hit the ground running or is tall in size. This text gives a glimpse into the lives of different animals and how they are born. For a literacy lesson, I would have students to do a research paper on one of the animals that they feel the most connected to or what is their favorite animal? This lesson would be appropriate for ol ...more
Emily Stueven
Jan 12, 2013 Emily Stueven rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a charmingly illustrated and informative book for small children. The "first days" of the young of a variety of animals--mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and insects (but no fish?!)--are represented. The babies detail their beginnings in first-person (so to speak), and often do so quite poignantly and beautifully. For instance, the sea otter baby explains: "On my first day, my mother held me close so I wouldn't drift off to sea. I dozed on her belly while she floated in the waves." ...more
Christine Hou
Oct 22, 2015 Christine Hou rated it really liked it
This is an entertaining book that examines the first hours/days of various animals' lives. Each page offers a different animal and shows how the abilities, levels of maternal care, and environment in which the animal is born varies greatly throughout nature.
It doesn't have so much words on each page, instead it inserts the brief but pertinent information into the full-bleed illustrations, which it's a great information book to get kids started and engaged!
Aubrey Thorne
Nov 02, 2014 Aubrey Thorne rated it really liked it
Shelves: slib-520
Genre: Informational

Annotation: The first day of life is different for every animal. Human newborns don’t do much at all, but some animals hit the ground running. The Caldecott Honor–winning team Steve Jenkins and Robin Page apply their considerable talents to revealing how twenty two different species, from the emperor penguin to the Siberian tiger, adapt to that traumatic first few hours of life, with or without parental help. Jenkins’s vividly colorful cut-paper illustrations are eye-poppingl
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Eva Kelly
Sep 02, 2015 Eva Kelly rated it really liked it
This one is all about what happens to baby animals when they're born, which is why it's called "My First Day." Because it's about their first day ALIVE! And it's hard to believe that some of these guys can swim and walk and fly but they can. There weren't a lot of animals in here that I knew, but that's OK. I bet a lot of the ones who live in Vermont do the same things.
Another great FACT book that looked like a story at first. I love those!
Kelly
Jan 27, 2015 Kelly rated it really liked it
My First Day, by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page, is a nominee for the 2014-15 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

My First Day takes a look at what animals do on their first day of life. Some animals, like the Siberian tiger, emperor penguin, or sifaka (a type of lemur), rely on their parents to care for them for a while. Others, like the capybara, leatherback turtle, or kiwi, are on their own almost immediately. Many other animals are somewhere in between.

With interesting text, colorful pictures, a
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Cheongna Dalton
(AR level: none, AR points: none)

Summary from Goodreads: The first day of life is different for every animal. Human newborns don’t do much at all, but some animals hit the ground running. The Caldecott Honor–winning team Steve Jenkins and Robin Page apply their considerable talents to revealing how twenty-two different species, from the emperor penguin to the Siberian tiger, adapt to their first few hours of life.
Melanie
Steve Jenkins does it again with wonderful cut-paper collage illustrations of mother and baby animals on the infants first day of life. Many different types of animals are depicted from mammals to amphibians to insects. Many readers will learn new things. For example, did you know that the male Darwin Frog carries the tadpoles in a throat pouch? Baby frogs "hatch" out of dad's mouth!
Alli Eidson
Nov 24, 2015 Alli Eidson added it
Shelves: nonfiction
This book is about animals when they are born and it describes what their first day of life is like. This book also describes the role of the parents with their newborn depending on the animal. The pictures are well illustrated. I would use this book in a kindergarten or first grade class.
Laura G
Jan 31, 2016 Laura G rated it it was amazing
I learned amazing facts about animals' first days from this beautiful book! Who knew that male Darwin's frogs hold their tadpoles in a special pouch in their throats until they become frogs and then hop out?! And a mother zebra memorizes her baby's pattern of black and white stripes on the day that he is born? Beautiful illustrations and interesting, substantive information, on each page and also in the awesome notes in the back.
Luanne Hatcher
Aug 13, 2014 Luanne Hatcher rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful nonfiction selection that shared close to two dozen baby animals and how they spend their first day. Additional information on each animal was provided on the final pages. Great book!
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