Butterflies in My Stomach and Other School Hazards

by Serge Bloch

General theme: Figures of speech depicting the first day of school
Summary: On the first day of school, a student is confused by many of the phrases that are used, such as when the librarian says not to open a can of worms, or when the teachers says he expects the class to be busy bees doing their homework.
Ideas for use in the classroom or library:
Art/Library research:
Students compile other figures of speech through interviews or internet searching. Illustrate using the illustrations in the book as idea starters.
Literary elements:
Setting: First day at school
Character: Kindergartner
Problem: Anxiety about beginning school
Solution: Child survived first day with kindness of school staff and friendship of another child.

Information for this page submitted by Paula Inman 2009