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Little Cliff's First Day of School [Paperback]

By Clifton L. Taulbert (Author) & E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
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Little Cliff is terrified of starting school, but with Mama Pearl's encouragement, he is able to overcome his fears.

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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 laughter and looks up to see that all of his friends are there. Hmm, maybe school will be fun. . . .

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Puffin
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.54" Width: 8.54" Height: 0.14"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 28, 2003
Publisher   Puffin
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  4-8
ISBN  0142500828  
ISBN13  9780142500828  
UPC  051488006992  

Availability  0 units.

More About Clifton L. Taulbert & E. B. Lewis

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Clifton Taulbert is the author of three memoirs: Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored, the basis for the critically acclaimed feature film by the same name; The Last Train North, Watching Our Crops Come In, and most recently, Little Cliff and the Porch People. He was the recipient of the 27th annual NAACP Image Award for Literature, and was also one of the first African-American writers to win the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Nonfiction.

Time magazine named him one of America's outstanding black entrepreneurs. He is an acclaimed speaker who lectures around the world to schools, educators, businesses, and professional groups on the subject of the Eight Habits of the Heart.

Clifton L. Taulbert currently resides in tulsa, in the state of Oklahoma.

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First Day Blues  Jun 28, 2003
Little Cliff is reluctant to go to school. He thinks that because he is starting school, he will have too many responsibilities and not be able to enjoy his childhood any longer. As the day draws near, he begins to make excuses as to why he cannot go to school. His great-grandmother decides to walk him to school and upon arrival, he sees all of his friends playing. Little Cliff finally sees that school is not bad and can actually be a place not only to have fun but also to learn.

The beautiful illustrations add a rural "down home" feel to the book. I highly recommend this book for any child about to start school or any child having "first day jitters". The book does an excellent job of not trivializing the fears and apprehensions young children have about beginning school and does a wonderful job showing that school can be a fun place.

Realistic dialogue and watercolors  Nov 2, 2001
Little Cliff does not want to go to school; he enjoys being with his great-grandparents and living with them along the Mississippi delta. He also feels he will miss his playtime activities, including climbing trees. Upset, Cliff tries to hide, but his great-grandmother discovers him and takes him to school. When Cliff sees other children his age playing baseball at school, he realizes he can have fun and learn at the same time.

Realistic dialogue and watercolors combine to form a picture of Cliff and his surroundings. Taulbert's text will require parents to read along with their children, as it is lengthy. Children, however, will identify immediately with Lewis' paintings. His use of shading and true-to-life proportions gives the illustrations a sense of purpose that children will recognize right away. While the story is good, it is ultimately Lewis' expressive and lifelike artwork that makes this book a recommendation for any library collection.

School Is A New Adventure  Aug 11, 2001
As I read Little Cliff's First Day of School I recalled my brother's first day in kindergarten when he hugged the tree outside the classroom for dear life and my mother had tears in her eyes. His kindly teacher took him by the hand and asked my mother to leave. This was the beginning of Jim's educational journey. Cliff like most children is fearful of change and what are new adventures. His supportive family consisting of older "grandparents" provided the meger items he needs for school. Finally after stalling around Cliff enters the school grounds. He is welcomed by his friends and rethinks his is to school is a fun place after all. The setting of the South in the 50's is easily translated to present day children. Many children come from families like Cliff's and they also experience poverty. I plan to share this book as our Book of the Month for a school with 770 students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade.

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