Thursday, June 17, 2021

"Emily D & the Frightful First Day" - a bookwrap



Emily D. and the Frightful First Day

by Sivan Hong


* Ages:  3-8

* Grade Level:  PS-2

* Series:  Super Fun Day Books ( 3 Books ) 

* Length: 28 pages

* Publisher:  Amitz Press

* Pub. Date:  August 11, 2021

* Language:  English

Editorial Reviews

~Anne Edester (Goodreads Reviewer) Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The illustrations are so cute! I still remember my nervous feelings before the first day of school everyday. Now my own children are going to a new school this year and I have nervous feelings with them! Hopefully this book will help kids realize that those nervous feelings are perfectly normal.

~Jenessa Nawrocki (Goodreads Reviewer ) Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This book would be excellent for children who become anxious over change, or children with Autism, who have marked responses to change, and need things to go just as they expect. This book can teach children that although change is difficult, it does not always have to be bad. Emily, despite a lot of anxiety about her new classroom, liked it in the end and the day was not as frightful as she had expected it to be. 

~Priyanka C (Goodreads Reviewer) Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The story shows how children feel about the first day of their school and their emotions which are shown brilliantly. It helps children to understand that the change can be good for them and helps them to be brave and courageous and develop positivity.  The illustrations are brilliant and the writing too is simple. This is a perfect book for kids who are starting their new class to let go of their nervousness. It's a really good book and highly recommended.

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book

Beginning a new school year can be very scary. Anticipating the first day can bring butterflies in the stomach, unbridled anxiety and lots of apprehension.  "Emily D. and the Frightful First Day" is an important story to share if your child is feeling overwhelmed with thoughts of "the unknown"transition as a new school year begins.  

Emily's mom encourages her by telling her that it will be exciting to tackle and conquer a brand new year while her dad sums it up as an adventure.  Emily isn't buying it.  She's consumed with worry and fear. 

Emily goes through a list of reasons why she is feeling like she does and I am sure a lot of kids (and adults) can identify with them.  It is not easy to leave the familiar, comfortable things you appreciate and enjoy and step out into the unknown.  Change can be difficult to wrap your head and heart around.  Will Emily be able to overcome her fears and bravely take on her new challenges?  

This is the 3rd book in the "Super Fun Day Books" series.  The collection deals with overcoming difficult feelings and kids can learn that change is okay and a part of life.  It's comforting that they are not alone feeling the way they do and that other kids often feel exactly the same way.  Kids learn a valuable life lesson: you can be scared and brave at the same time.   I love the book and highly recommend it. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author/Illustrator


Sivan Hong authors and illustrates the children’s book series The Super Fun Day Books, including “Benny J. and the Horrible Halloween”, “George J. and the Miserable Monday” and "Emily D. and the Fearful First Day". Her inspiring books focus on neurodiverse children, who overcome their challenges with perseverance and bravery. Sivan also occupies seats on the Board of several foundations and non-profits.

When she’s not working, Sivan enjoys being a wife to her lovely husband and a mother to their two wonderful children. They have a dog and cat and live a quiet and contented life in their home in Connecticut. 

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