Butterflies on the First Day of School

By Annie Silvestro (Author), Dream Chen (Illustrator)

Price$16.95

Format Hardcover Picture Book

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Butterflies on the First Day of School

by Annie Silvestro, Dream Chen

$16.95

Hardcover

Barnes and Noble Indiebound
OVERVIEW
The first day of school is exciting—but it can be scary, too! Meet Rosie, a brand-new student who just happens to have butterflies in her stomach.
 
“Silvestro and Chen take a common figure of speech and transform it, literally, into a lovely expression of a universal experience.” —Kirkus
“A cheering first-day story.” —Publishers Weekly

Rosie can’t wait to start kindergarten—she’s had her pencils sharpened and her backpack ready for weeks. But suddenly, on the night before the big day, her tummy hurts. Rosie’s mom reassures her that it’s just butterflies in her belly, and she’ll feel better soon. Much to Rosie’s surprise, when she says hello to a new friend on the bus, a butterfly flies out of her mouth! As the day goes on, Rosie frees all her butterflies, and even helps another shy student let go of hers, too.
PRAISE
“Rosie has been looking forward to the first day of school for a month, practicing writing her letters and raising her hand. But the night before the big day, she begins to have second thoughts. ‘I don't feel well,’ she says the next morning. ‘You just have butterflies in your belly,’ her mother replies with a hug. And sure enough, when a girl on the school bus asks her name, a butterfly escapes from Rosie's mouth along with the answer. Rosie's trepidation about new experiences tugs on readers' hearts, but as the butterflies that only she can see are released every time she participates in class, her expressions grow more confident and joyful. Finally, Rosie uses her new confidence to help another classmate who looks like she has a belly full of butterflies as well. Colorful illustrations depict children of varying skin tones with surprisingly expressive round black eyes; Rosie and her family present subtly Asian. Young readers who are worried about school will find a reassuring way to put their feelings into words, and the warm ending gives a wink to caregivers who may also find themselves feeling nervous about the first day of school. Silvestro and Chen take a common figure of speech and transform it, literally, into a lovely expression of a universal experience.” —Kirkus

“Silvestro (The Christmas Tree Who Loved Trains) puts a fanciful spin on a familiar metaphor in this tale about a girl who’s impatient to start school. Rosie diligently practices classroom skills, including hand raising, but her confidence vanishes on her first day, and she insists she doesn’t feel well. She’s puzzled when her mother tells her she has butterflies in her stomach, but while chatting to a friendly girl on the school bus, Rosie finally understands when butterflies (seemingly visible only to her) flutter from her mouth. Throughout the morning, ‘butterflies rumbled in Rosie’s belly’ and occasionally slip out, but by recess she feels fine and reaches out to a forlorn classmate standing alone—whose own butterflies escape. Animator Chen uses bold crayon hues to invigorate her renderings of Rosie’s changeable emotions and to showcase a striking kaleidoscope of butterflies. A cheering first-day story.” —Publishers Weekly
 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)

Annie Silvestro is the author of Mice Skating (Sterling) and Bunny’s Book Club (Doubleday). She also works as a consultant in her family’s finance business and serves on the board for Seas It, a cancer charity that promotes recovery through recreation. She is currently a Volunteer Coordinator for the New Jersey chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Annie resides in Rumson, NJ, with her husband and two sons. Learn more about her at anniesilvestro.com.

Dream (Mengqian) Chen received her BFA in animation at Communication University of China and completed her MFA in visual art at the Minneapolis College of Arts and Design. She has experimented with photography, stop-motion animation, print making, illustration, paper making, and book making. See more of Dream's work at dreamchen.org.

Pub Date: 5/7/2019

ISBN: 9781454921196

Price: $16.95 / $22.95 CAN

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Pages: 32 pages, all in color

Trim: 8.5 x 10.875 Inches

Territories: World

Category: Juvenile / Picture Books

Age Range: 3 and up

Publisher: Sterling Children's Books

Carton Quantity: 32

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