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My First Day

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  333 ratings  ·  106 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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Dolly
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
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
Shelley
Steve Jenkins and Robin Page have created another simple, yet exceptional, book that introduces young children to characteristics of various animals of the world. In this volume, they look at what baby animals experience their first day in the world. The opening page sets the stage for text-to-self comparisons starting with the question "What did you do on your first day - the day you were born?" It goes on to explain that human babies don't do much aside from open their eyes, cry, sleep and dri ...more
Jessica
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
Jenny
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
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
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
Kelly
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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Natalie
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
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.
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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Kathryn Brunk
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
Suzanna
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
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
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
Aubrey Thorne
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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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!
Luanne Hatcher
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!
Sarah
Another gorgeous book by Steve Jenkins, illustrated in his cut-paper style. Each animal tells what it was able to do on the first day it was born. Its name appears in small grey letters; the focus is on the voice of the animal. Each also has two parts to share: a statement and a supporting detail. For example: "On my first day, my mother memorized the pattern of my stripes. If I wandered off, she could find me, even among the thousands of zebras in my herd."

The illustrations show the tenderness
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S
I am a big fan of Steve Jenkins' work, and this is another winner. I love the unique animals and fascinating facts that are shared. It is a great nonfiction book to share with my students.
Stacy
Virginia Readers' Choice

This early elementary book describes what 23 different animals do on their first day of their lives.

This would be great to use to teach animal/science information to kids. Students could also research what other animals do on the first days of their lives.

Or, students could interview their parents and write about what happened on the first day of their lives. They could then compare/contrast that to an animal from the book.

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Michelle Nero
A fascinating text about various animals on their first day of life. My 4 & 1/2 year olds were curious & asking lots of questions. I learned quite a bit too!
Amy Walters
Steve Jenkins and Robin Page do a great job of showing reader’s how different animals are born and what they do on their first day. It is a simple book that young readers can follow. I even learned a thing or two about how different animals are born. I would totally use this book in my classroom because it allows the students to realize that not everything that is living in this world is born the way humans are. My First Day is educational, has interesting facts, and great artwork. The pictures ...more
Cheryl
Yes it is just as lovely, and informative, and inclusive, as other reviewers have said. And, no, that's not a white-tailed deer on the cover.
Mrs. Knott
Great informational text for young readers. Similar style that we've come to know from Steve Jenkins. Readers will learn information about many baby animals and things they can do on their first day of life. Young readers will enjoy comparing animals to themselves. They will also pick up different bits of information and even be able to compare the animals to each other - who flies their first day? who is on their own on their first day?
Jody Lewandowski
Nice non-fiction for the younger set that can be adapted to even younger kids by picking and choosing pages to read.
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