The Great Day

illus. by Taro Gomi. 40p. Chronicle. Mar. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781452111254. LC 2013011767.
PreS-Gr 1—A day dawns: "The first to wake up was the boy. Second was the alarm clock." The youngster is the first to get dressed, eat breakfast, and head out the door. This enthusiasm continues on the playground: "He was the first to climb up a slide! He was first to fall down the slide, too." The young bon vivant delights in leading his friends in a "marching song" and watching an "airplane's trail in the sky" while doing a handstand. By dinnertime, he's tuckered out from his adventures and is the first into bed. Simple sentences invite readers into the child's daily routine. Gomi's bold, clean design features warm colors and appealing, round-headed characters. A charming celebration of the pleasures of an ordinary day.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
New ed., 1987, Morrow. This story follows a small boy through a day which begins with him being the first to wake up, then the first to get dressed, and so on. But being first isn't always positive for him. Preschoolers won't miss the silly details as bold colors and blocky figures show a brown-skinned boy engaged in daily routines. This resized edition was previously published as First Comes Harry.

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