The Day You Begin

The Day You Begin

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Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Nancy Paulsen Books,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780399246531
Branch Call Number: P WOODS J
Additional Contributors: López, Rafael 1961-

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JCLBeckyC Apr 13, 2019

This is a great picture book for younger elementary-aged kids who are experiencing a tough transition, such as being the new kid in town. Lovely illustrations. Necessary message. We are more alike than we realize until we open ourselves up to others.

OLATHEAllisonA Mar 28, 2019

There is something for everyone in this book, because every child is bound to feel "different" at some point in their lives. Woodson's prose is gentle yet wrought with emotion as she examines various external and internal reasons that a child may feel alone and outside of the group. She tells the reader that commonalities can be found among people who seem to have nothing in common, while the beautiful art by Lopez emphasizes the beauty of differences unified by the common experience of humanity. A lovely read!

VaughanPLDianeB Mar 19, 2019

A lovely book about acceptance (self and peer) in the context of school, though it could be generalized to anywhere you are the 'new' person. Beautifully illustrated and explained by author Jacqueline Woodson, this title is a good read aloud for the 1st week or month of school. It would also be a good complement to the book 'I Am Enough' by Grace Byers.

IndyPL_KatieB Jan 16, 2019

A beautifully illustrated book that combines the talents of award winner Jacqueline Woodson and illustrator Rafeal Lopez. This book speaks about how you might feel like you are the only one in a room who looks a certain way or eats a certain thing. Eventually, by telling your story and sharing your life, you might find someone who is secretly like you. A great read for both individuals and groups.

IndyPL_SteveB Nov 23, 2018

A thoughtful, lovely picture book about the awkwardness of being the one who is “different” in a school class and how you get past it. Jacqueline Woodson is a four-time Honor Book winner for the Newbery Award for best children’s book, and I personally think she is the most accomplished author never to win the actual award.

I will just quote the first two lines. “There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you. Maybe it will be your skin, your clothes, or the curl of your hair.”

After that first sentence, my 8-year-old granddaughter said, “Just like me.” Anyone can relate to that feeling. It’s a fine book, well-written to be read aloud to individual children or groups.

ArapahoeErinR Nov 06, 2018

A beautiful lyrical book about the challenges kids face when they feel different than everyone else.

PimaLib_TeneciaP Sep 15, 2018

Jacqueline Woodson can write no wrong in my eyes. I always feel connected to her words and this picture book is no different. It made me feel like she lovingly wrapped her arms around me and reminded me that there is no one in the world like me, there will never be, and that is an amazingly beautiful gift.

JCLEmmaF Aug 31, 2018

Pure warmth. A picture book about unbelonging when "all that stands beside you is your own brave self," and the moment that "the world opens itself a little wider to make some space for you."

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JCLBeckyC Apr 13, 2019

"There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you until the day you begin to share your stories."

ArapahoeErinR Sep 26, 2018

And all at once, in the room where no one else is quite like you, the world opens itself up a little wider to make some space for you.

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