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Experience the adorable first adventures of childhood with this picture book from bestselling author Charles Ghigna and celebrated illustrator Lori Joy Smith. From the first slip down a slide to the...
Experience the adorable first adventures of childhood with this picture book from bestselling author Charles Ghigna and celebrated illustrator Lori Joy Smith. From the first slip down a slide to the...
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  • Experience the adorable first adventures of childhood with this picture book from bestselling author Charles Ghigna and celebrated illustrator Lori Joy Smith. From the first slip down a slide to the first time picking out a book to read, this rollicking narrative takes readers on a journey of discovery into the memorable firsts in a child's world. A story that will be enjoyed by the whole family, from the youngest, eager to experience their own adventures, to the oldest, so proud to watch them grow.

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  • CHARLES GHIGNA, or Father Goose®, lives in a treehouse in the middle of Alabama. He is the author of more than 100 award-winning books. He served as poet-in-residence and chair of creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts and as a nationally syndicated feature writer for Tribune Media Services. Charles is a proud grandfather who celebrates all of his grandbabies' accomplishments. For more information, visit www.FatherGoose.com.

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  • Kirkus

    August 1, 2017
    On the childhood road to independence, first-time accomplishments are lauded as important milestones.A brown-skinned sister and her lighter-skinned brother celebrate their individual first times for a variety of activities such as tying shoes, riding a bike, catching a ball, or swimming a lap while their white baby sibling mostly looks on. The childlike drawings of this round-headed, wide-eyed, multiracial family add to the simplicity of the narrative, which is written in a somewhat uneven rhyme. Each specific accomplishment is highlighted, the key word or words printed in a playful display type within each sentence. "My first run with a kite as it climbs to the sky. / My first wish on a star. My first butterfly." (Here a butterfly lands on the baby's head.) Whether helping with shopping, making dinner, taking care of a new dog, or reading independently, these sibs are proud to exclaim their growth with each new feat. The book ends a bit abruptly with an illustration of the children in a tent happily looking out without a last sentence to close the book with one cohesive statement. Nevertheless, the basic concepts will easily be recognizable by both those who have already achieved and those aspiring to attain each new skill or experience. This celebration of maturation, an ever popular theme, is most notable for the diversity of its characters. (Picture book. 3-6)

    COPYRIGHT(2017) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • School Library Journal

    October 1, 2017

    PreS-Gr 1- Every child experiences the pride that comes with completing new tasks for the first time. This book celebrates some of those happy milestones as three children enjoy achievements such as helping mom with shopping, catching a ball, and getting a pet. The illustrations are extremely cheerful with diverse characters appearing legitimately thrilled with each and every triumph. The youngest is especially charming, keeping an eye on the proceedings in exactly the way that toddlers try to keep up with their big brothers and sisters. The text is basic but successful in relaying the children's accomplishments. Some words are a different color, font, or style for emphasis, although the pattern is inconsistent (sometimes the verb, sometimes the noun, sometimes not at all). The story also ends rather abruptly. Overall, the book is a great conversation starter for families looking to celebrate new endeavors. VERDICT An ideal selection for children navigating the new experiences of burgeoning independence.- Alyssa Annico, Youngstown State University, OH

    Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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