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Little Cliff's First Day of School (Little Cliff)

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  33 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Little Cliff's great-grandmother, Mama Pearl, and his great-grandfather, Poppa Joe, are so excited for him to start first grade. But Little Cliff doesn't want to go to school, especially if it means leaving behind his toys, his home, and his family. When the first day of school comes, Mama Pearl walks Little Cliff to the schoolhouse. As they draw nearer, Little Cliff hears ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published July 28th 2003 by Puffin Books (first published July 1st 2001)
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Johna Brown
This story is about a little boy named, Cliff not wanting to go to the first grade on the first day. Cliff did everything to avoid school. Before he left his home, he had a conversation with every object that he enjoys playing with. Letting them know that “he is going to school and he will miss them”. When they arrived to the school, he recognized some familiar faces. It was his friends, neighbors, and cousin. They were all having fun. Cliff started to smile. No one had ever told Cliff that scho ...more
Kendra Loch
Little Cliff's First Day of School is an easy read that goes through the first day of school jitters that children may face. Cliff was afraid to leave behind his favorite toys, home, and family but Mama Pearl encouraged him and made sure that he got to school on time. Walking up to school, Cliff got a great surprise seeing close friends having fun-at school! He easily said goodbye to Mama Pearl and realized school wouldn't be too bad at all.
Jasmine Robinson
Cliff is not ready for his first day of school. He is nervous, scared, and worried about a lot of things. Reading this book felt so realistic. I felt as if this was my little brother, living with our grandparents. This book reminds me so much of how it is growing up in the African American Community living with warm caring grandparents. This book could really relate to all those children who do not live with their biological parents because many children do not have both parents or any parents. ...more
(NS)Jennifer Reiner
This story takes place in the rural south in the 1950s. An African-American boy, Little Cliff, is going to his first day of school. His great-grandparents are extremely proud and happy of him. They have laid out his clothes for him but he does not want to start his first day of first grade. Cliff is so scared that he even tries hiding under the house. Mama Pearl ends up talking to Cliff and she walks him to school herself. As they close to school, Cliff sees his friends enjoying a call game and ...more
Alma Loredo
Cliff has lived with his great-grandparents for all his life. Tomorrow is the big day. His first day of school. his great-grantparents are really looking forward to this but he is dreading it and does not want to go. He tries everything he can so he wont go but everything backfires. the day comes and he is still nervours. Mama Pearl walked him to scholl. He heard laughter and fun. Soon after he was playing with all the children in the school yard. Very nice book that talks about first day of sch ...more
Apr 26, 2010 571 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
K-Gr 2 SLJ
multicultural school experiences, African-American, Cliff thinks he'll never be able to play with his toys again once school starts because he'll have to work and be quiet all the time. says goodbye to his toys, tries to hide and not go to school, discovers all his friends waiting for him when he gets there, discovers he'll have fun, grandparents are the guardians in the story,
Tuyet Tran
Dec 07, 2010 Tuyet Tran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Little Cliff does not like to go to school. He prefers to stay at home and playing with his toys and helps out in the family. Once his mom walks him into school, he sees his friends playing outside. He ends up liking the first day of school. The first day of school sounds scary because it is the first time. This book relate to the child's first day of school.
Beth Huffman
This book is a great book for children who are struggling with wanting to go to school. It shows how one boy thought all he did at school was work, but then he arrives and sees his friends. He thinks it will be fun. This book brought tears to my eyes so I think any book that brings on good emotion is a good book.
Jun 25, 2012 Karyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The dialect was a little different, showing how this African American family spoke, but it was a good way to show how a little boy is worried about going to school. It felt realistic. Shawn did ask a few questions as we read it, like what a fessor was (professor). I thought it was well written.
Oana Cerchezan
This book would be a good book to read on the first day of school. As a class we can talk about what emotions we had on the first day of school and what adjectives we could use to describe our emotions.
Apr 11, 2011 Brandy rated it really liked it
-first day of school for kindergarten-1st grade students.
-school can be fun, not just work all the time
-good place to meet new friends
Nice illustrations. Little Cliff tries to avoid going to school, only to find out that it will be a lot of fun.
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