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Sea Monster’s First Day by Kate Messner and Illustrated by Andy Rash
Published by Chronicle Books
Pages: 36
Ages: 4-8
Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository
Publishers Summmary:

Sea monster Ernest is starting his first day of school. But starting school is a big job! Fitting in when you’re a sea monster is tough enough, and there’s so much to learn and do—reading, singing, playing hide-and-seek with the fishermen, lunchtime in the algae patch….This funny, charming twist on the worries and joys of starting school will reassure and delight the smallest children and the largest sea monsters alike.

The Turkeybird Speaks: “So, did you know I’m getting ready to go to school soon? I’m so excited! I really can’t wait to make lots and lots of friends just like the monster in this story. I also think learning lots of new things would be super fun! I’ve even got a back pack already, just like Ernest in this book. My mom says that until I go to school I can keep reading all of my books to learn things and that we can keep practicing my writing too.

“What was really sad about this story was that some of the kids made fun of Ernest. I always get really sad for him, but then I get super happy because he finally finds some great friends to play with. One of his new friends even tells him super silly jokes which really crack me up! I’m so excited to go to school and learn lots of things just like Ernest in this book. Hopefully I’ll make lots of friends too!”

Mom’s Two Cents: There comes a time in every Sea Monsters life when he must go away from home to learn all about the world and attend school. For Ernest it’s his very first time ever going to school and he’s filled with feelings of excitement and trepidation, but with the urgings of his mother he’s off and ready to do his best. Doing as his mother taught him he introduces himself to everyone he meets, but quickly learns that it sometimes takes a bit of time to find just the right friends. With a little bit of time and creativity Ernest is off to great adventures, wonderful friendships and of course, lots of learning.

Sea Monster’s First Day by Kate Messner was an adorable picture book. Not only was it educational and encouraging, but it was perfect for the Turkeybird who is going to be starting school in the next couple of months. As this poor sea monster searches for new friends I could see the Turkeybird searching with him and hoping he’d quickly find them. Ernest is polite and always introduces himself, something that the Turkeybird is often weary of doing and so it was wonderful to be able to share with him the positive outcome of being outgoing.

Along the way you are able to see how Kate Messner incorporates little tidbits of knowledge through witty dialogue and situations that children can relate to. Often
the learning situations are found within a joke from one of the characters such as this…

We hit it off right away. They said they were sturgeon, the biggest fish in the lake.” – Ernest
Well, we used to be anyway…” – his new friend.
(Sea Monster’s First Day by Kate Messner, p. 27)

The way in which this new information is writing into the dialogue creates a memorable learning experience as well as a fun opportunity for discussion.

An absolute delight to read, Sea Monster’s First Day by Kate Messner with whimsical illustrations by Andy Rash, is the perfect book for a young child getting ready to start school. Quell fears of loneliness and help teach kiddos to be persistent & polite in their quest to find more friends and the perfect place to fit in. Ernest the Sea Monster has a kind heart and a powerful imagination that kids everywhere will relate to instantly and parents will be excited to read aloud.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 3 to 9. For kiddos starting school and those struggling to find just the right friends.

Find Sea Monster’s First Day by Kate Messner and Illustrated by Andy Rash at the following spots:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads

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2 Responses to Book Review: Sea Monster’s First Day by Kate Messner

  1. Ahhhh how sweet. And I love that Turkeybird can relate.

  2. […] author of his, Kate Messner. Her two most recent picture books, Over and Under the Snow as well as Sea Monster’s First Day are two of the Turkeybird’s favorite reads as of late. Obviously, he was thrilled to be able […]

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