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Penny's excitement over the start of first grade turns to sadness when she and her best friend are placed different classrooms, but they make the best of it--and some new friends--in this poem based on "The Night Before Christmas."
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 21st 2005 by Turtleback Books
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Lisa
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Read this book to my son before school started this year. Great book to prepare children for grade one.
The Bougie Twins
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Love the little "twist" at the end!
Amber
This would be a good book to read like at the end of kindergarten, or the first day of first grade. It talks about what the girl in the book did to get prepared for first grade. Then it shows her first day of school and how they had to split the classes and she is not with her best friend anymore. This makes her a little upset, because I know when you are that young, you want to see your friends in school. In the end, she makes a new friend with a girl in her class and then she realizes somethin ...more
Elizabeth
As part of a project for a college course on children's literature, a group of us visited an elementary school and read this book to a small group of first-graders, who seemed to enjoy it very much. They also enjoyed discussing it afterward, and I really think that they, having just begun the first grade themselves, were able to identify with the characters. The book, which is part homage to and part parody of Clement C. Moore's famous poem, tells of some students who begin first grade and make ...more
Lauren
Cute story that took a spin off of "The Night Before Christmas" and told about a little girl getting ready for first grade. When she gets to school, she realizes that her best friend is in another class but she makes another friend in her class. Very cute story that can relieve many nerves about first grade and a new start to the year.
Toni
Sep 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect book for explaining to little ones that they might not be in the same class room with their friends from kindergarten, but assures them that they will still see them around school and will also make new friends.
Juliana Lee
The night before a new school year is always exciting, especially when you've planned everything with your best friend. But when you get to school and find out there's been a change in class lists and that you and your best friend will be separated, you're not sure it'll be as great as you imagined. The silver lining is that you get a chance to make a new friend... and find out that your best friend made a new friend too... and that the two new friends you've made are twins! Aren't school friend ...more
Annabel Rodriguez
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Kristen Dutkiewicz
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
With the end of another Kindergarten year approaching, I read this to my class, and they loved it! Cute illustrations and realistic depictions of what a possible first day might be like.
Jen
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read for a girl who is going into first grade!
A McCavitt
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute back to school story for first graders. Would be fun to read aloud.
Alex
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book because I liked the part when Penny made new friends. I did not like this book because I do not like taking the bus.
Krissy
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-tristan
**Rated by my son**
Paige Green
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Night Before First Grade, by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Deborah Zemke, tells the story of a little girl named Penny who is starting first grade. The night before she gets all her belongings together. Things like her backpack and her lunch for the next day were all ready to go. She was planning on matching her best friend Jen who was also in her class. The next morning she headed for the bus and sat next to Jen. As they arrived they assed all the new Kindergarteners and wondered if they ...more
Sashel Palacios
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Night Before First Grade by Natashe Wing is a story about a little girl who is getting ready to start first grade the next morning. She is so excited that she makes her own lunch, packs her backpack, and lays out her outfit the night before. She can’t wait to begin this next school year with her best friend Jenny right by her side. When she arrives at school she quickly realizes that her and Jenny are in different classes and she has to be strong because she isn’t a kindergardener anymore. W ...more
Alesha Palmer
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The young girl gets ready for her first day of 1st grade. She was so excited that she got everything ready. She picked out what she was going to wear, make her lunch, and shared her excitement with her brother. She begins to imagine what the day will be like. She began her morning routine by eating breakfast with her family, said by to her mother, then she was off to school. She met up with her friend, Jenny on the bus. With no fear she walked into school. They were informed that they would no l ...more
McCall Donnelly
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Night Before First Grade tells the story of little Penny who is ecstatic about beginning first grade with her best friend Jenny. When they arrive at school they realize they're in separate classes and for a second Penny is nervous. Quickly she realizes she is a big girl and has to be brave. She decides to meet the new girl in her class and they discover all the things that they have in common. Penny can't wait for Jenny to meet her new friend at lunch. When they see eachother in the cafeteri ...more
Carly
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Night Before First Grade" by Natasha Wing is a great story about new experiences and making new friends while keeping the old. The main character, a young girl entering first grade, is so excited to start another year of school. She packs her lunch, lays out her outfit that matches her best friend's, and even catches the bus on her own in the morning. She feels like one of the big kids this year as she watches all of the new kindergardeners say goodbye to their parents and as she and her be ...more
Cece Kempf
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Night Before First Grade was a book that Isabelle Sanchez chose for me to read to her. Izzy is six years old, and I'm her babysitter. Izzy was a bit nervous about joining first grade because she didn't think anyone who was in her kindergarten class would be in it. Although I tried telling her that it's good for her to try and make new friends, she didn't want to. She wanted the same friends, the same people in her class whom were in her kindergarten class. In the book, The Night Before First ...more
Devan
Summary:
This book follows a girl on her night before her first day of first grade, and during her first day of first grade. It shows how she is getting everything ready all by herself, but once at school she is separated by her best friend. But soon she makes a new friend.
Critique:
The story was written in poetry and rhymed. It was fun and easy to read. This would be a great book for someone going into the first grade. If they are nervous, excited, worried or all three they can read this book an
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Toneeshia
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Night Before First Grade is a picture book for primary aged children. It also contains poetry. It is a Usa Today bestseller. The Night Before First Grade is about Penny being excited about her first day of the first grade with her best friend Jenny but is disappointed to find that are in different classes. At the end of the book both Penny and Jenny make friends with a set of twins, one in each of their classes. This book deserves the five stars I gave because the plot is captivating, it is ...more
Nicole
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book follows the same pattern as the night before kindergarten but it has a slightly different twist to it. It talks about how she is excited to go back to school after a wonderful summer and it even mentions how her dad tells her that she has gotten much bigger and is really growing up. In addition to this, I love the part where the class splits and she is no longer with her very best friend and she is challenged to make new best friends. It talks about how you are able to make new friends ...more
Taylor Torgrimson
The Night Before First Grade by Natasha Wing is a perfect read for any child about to enter first grade. Natasha begins the book with a girl named Penny and the next day is her first day of first grade. She is excitedly talking to her family about how great her first day of first grade will be and preparing her backpack for the big day. However, when she gets to school she is separated from her best friend and put into another first grade class. Penny begins to think her first grade year will be ...more
Dolly
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun, rhyming story about a little girl who is starting first grade. Our youngest is in the same boat, and I got her this book to encourage her as she prepares to go back to school.

New teachers, new friends, and new experiences are all exciting and fun, but there are some changes, too (such as being separated from a best friend, getting more homework, and no naps.)

We liked that the story matched the rhyme and rhythm from the classic poem, The Night Before Christmas and the illustratio
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Sarah Hannon
Personal Response- I thought this was a good book that really told the tale of how a student goes to school and makes new friends. It had colorful illustrations and reminded me of when I first started going to school.

Purposes: First grade read-aloud
-Enrichment/Enjoyment
-The students can pay attention to the colorful and bright illustrations that explain what the story is saying.
-This story allows for the reader to consider their own experiences with coming to school for the first time and learni
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Cortny Green
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beginning-books
The Night Before First Grade is a fun little book about a first grader named Penny, who is so excited about starting first grade. But, she soon realized that her and her best friend won't be in same class together. However, there is a twist in the end that makes Penny have not just 1 friend but 3.

Use the GA standard ELAGSEKW2 Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose
informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information abo
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Marissa Hirst
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edrd-314
As part of a project for a college course on children's literature, a group of us visited an elementary school and read this book to a small group of first-graders, who loved this book very much. We had a long discussion afterwards,comparing and contrasting first grade in the book to their first grade experience. The pictures were fun to look at and included lots of detail. The students decided that the first grade class looked "too fun for school"!
I would recommend this book to be read during f
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Nancy
Dec 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, what an adorable story. Told in a rhyming fashion, with a couple of miscues and using a couple of the same lines from T’was a Night Before Christmas, Jenny is preparing for first grade and is excited for her new adventure. Unfortunately, this excitement turns to anxiety as she learns that her best friend will be in a different classroom. Being the brave first graders that they are, they go their own separate ways only to discover that after making new friends first grade will be twice as fun ...more
Jennifer
I liked this book. I would read it on the first day of school (with the book that corresponds to my grade.) For this book we practiced comprehension by listing the characters, locations, and some of the things that happened in the book. I would ask my students what they would do if their friend was in a different grade. I would continue to talk about making new friends and we would sing the song "Make New Friends, but Keep the Old."

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/bo...
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Christy
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Night Before First Grade is a great book to start the school year off with. It goes through all the emotions students could be feeling.

The night before Penny's first day of class she is very excited to start first grade. She is mostly excited to spend the whole year with her best friend in the same classroom. When students arrive at school they are in for a surprise. A new family moved to town and that made enough students to have two first grade classrooms. What happens next was a little s
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